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Sport NHL back in action: Times, TV as 24-team Stanley Cup playoff tournament begins

14:26  01 august  2020
14:26  01 august  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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The NHL announced its Return to Play Plan on Tuesday with the Stanley Cup Playoffs that will The tournament is scheduled to begin Aug .1 with the Stanley Cup Qualifiers, which will include 16 teams Hamilton remains unfit for Hurricanes; Crosby skates with Penguins; Pastrnak back for Bruins.

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The hardest trophy to win in professional sports just got a little harder.

Facing an unprecedented hiatus in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, the NHL revamped its traditional 16-team playoff format by adding eight teams and another round.

Usually there are four best-of-seven series, but now a team could play as many as 33 games before being awarded the Stanley Cup.

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It all gets underway this weekend with five games Saturday and another five on Sunday. Games will be played in Toronto (Eastern Conference) and Edmonton (Western Conference).

Under the 24-team format, the top four teams in each conference will each play three games in a round robin to determine seeding while the remaining eight conference teams will play best-of-five series in a qualifying round to determine who advances. There is no bracket; teams will be reseeded after each round.

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NHL teams departed for Stanley Cup Qualifiers on Sunday, but not before saying some special goodbyes. The 24 teams competing in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers arrive in their hub cities Sunday, the Rookie goalie missed camp with undisclosed injury; Copley, Vanecek options to back up Holtby.

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But teams also catch a break because there will be no travel until the two remaining Eastern Conference teams fly to Edmonton for the conference final.

No fans are allowed in either building, meaning there is no home-ice advantage. Though players say it will be hard without fans providing energy, there is a side benefit: They won't have to shout and can hear each other better.

"Our zone exits, our breakouts, our communication will be a little easier without the crowd noise," Flyers defenseman Matt Niskanen told reporters.

The weekend schedule (with time, TV; *-round robin)

SATURDAY

New York Rangers vs. Carolina Hurricanes, noon, NBCSN, streamed on NHL.TV

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Edmonton Oilers, 3, NBC

Florida Panthers vs. New York Islanders, 4, NBCSN, NHL.TV

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Montreal Canadiens vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, 8, NBC

Winnipeg Jets vs. Calgary Flames, 10:30, NBCSN, NHL.TV

SUNDAY

Arizona Coyotes vs, Nashville Predators, 2, USA, NHL.TV

*-Philadelphia Flyers vs. Boston Bruins, 3, NBC

*-St. Louis Blues vs. Colorado Avalanche, 6:30 p.m., NBCSN, NHL.TV

Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, 8, NHL Network

Minnesota Wild vs. Vancouver Canucks, 10:30, NBCSN, NHL.TV

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If all goes well, the tournament will run into early October, which would shatter the record for the latest a Stanley Cup has been awarded. The previous mark: June 24 in the 1995 (Game 4, Detroit at New Jersey) and 2013 (Game 6, Chicago at Boston) lockout seasons.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NHL back in action: Times, TV as 24-team Stanley Cup playoff tournament begins

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