With the NHL season on indefinite hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, players have loads of time to think of the potential return of the game.
With it looking more and more likely that a full 82-game regular season will not be accomplished, attention is popping to how the playoffs might seem.
In a Friday conference call involving players from four Pacific groups, a number of potential playoff formats had been floated.
In the meanwhile, teams have played between 68 and 71 games, calling into query whether complete points could be utilized as the deciding criteria or if the share of points amassed ought to be utilized.
Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano recommended an even more drastic departure.
Vancouver Canucks center Bo Horvat stated of his playoff preference, “Either go by points share or play some regular-season games.
Whatever the playoff format, Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid stated he doesn’t want action to resume with the beginning of the postseason.
Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson further favors a resumption of the regular season.
“I feel it’s fair to begin where we left off here,” Ekman-Larsson stated. “It would be good for the playoffs, as well, to get those games going again. It could profit all of us.”