NHL Potentially Playing the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs in Centralized Cities

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The NBA is considering playing games in centralized locations with no fans. On Tuesday, TSN’s Pierre LeBrun discussed on Insider Trading about the NHL potentially playing the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs in centralized cities. So, what would the league’s centralization look like?

The NHL continues to discuss centralizations to ultimately begin the playoffs despite it “not being the preferred route”. If the postseason remains in the 16-team format, four separate, centralized cities would host the games.

However, various formats have floated around such as 20-team or 24-team playoff. If more teams played, more cities would be required.

“It’s on the card,” Le Brun said. “It’s just not what they hoped to do.”

Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan told the media on a conference call on Monday that he would “ideally” like the team to play some regular-season games prior to heading into the postseason, but wouldn’t mind if the league goes straight into the playoffs if able.

Last week in a Metropolitan Division teleconference, captain Alex Ovechkin expressed his desire to jump into the playoffs if or when the NHL continues the 2019-20 season.

To listen to the full video, which includes the NHL’s centralization, the April 15 isolation extension, and issues for the July 1 signing bonuses, click here.

Further Reading

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly On Resuming 2019-20 Season: “It’s Not Going To Be A Knee Jerk Reaction.”

Bill Daly: NHL Will “find ways to fit games” in August, if Necessary

Proposing A Fair Format To Resume The 2019-20 NHL Season

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By Della Young

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Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Screenwriting from Regent University. Della comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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