As we wait for the official confirmation, all things indicate the NHL will resume and finish off the season in a 24 team playoff format.
NHL insider Elliotte Friedman confirms that his sources have revealed to him that it will be a conference based playoff system.
Friedman adds that the proposal could be confirmed as soon as Thursday.
"The top four seeds (based on points percentage) in the East would be Boston, Tampa Bay, Washington and Philadelphia. Top four in the West would be St. Louis, Colorado, Vegas and Dallas.
They would receive byes through the play-in, but participate in a three-game tournament to get some action. I confess I’m not certain of all the details on if or how it would affect playoff seeding.
The rest of the playoffs would be “bracketed.” That means, in both conferences 5 vs. 12 (winner plays four seed), 6 vs. 11 (winner plays three seed), 7 vs. 10 (winner plays two seed) and 8 vs. 9 (winner plays one seed)."
So as we reported earlier, the league will likely go with the playoff bracket below:
Further to @FriedgeHNIC report on progress being made with the NHL's return-to-play format: Important to note this is just about how the 24-team system would work and doesn't cover other critical issues, such as testing protocols, hub cities, visas and many other things.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) May 21, 2020