Elevate your hand in case you assume the NHL postseason format is extra complicated than driving by means of these multi-lane roundabouts in Summerlin.
It’s OK, you’re not alone.
The coronavirus pandemic pressured the league to get inventive in an effort to award the Stanley Cup, and it may be tough to discern between two parts of the playoffs being contested concurrently.
As an illustration, the Golden Knights face Dallas at 3:30 p.m. Monday in a round-robin recreation at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta. However there are additionally video games which can be a part of the qualifying spherical.
Thoughts blown, proper?
Don’t fear. Listed below are the solutions to a number of the mostly requested questions main as much as the Knights’ first recreation within the postseason:
What’s the distinction between round-robin and qualifying video games?
The spherical robin entails the highest 4 groups from every convention when the common season was paused March 12. They had been seeded one by means of 4 primarily based on their ultimate factors proportion and given a bye — a free cross — to the convention quarterfinals.
The qualifying spherical options the eight remaining groups in every convention. They have to nonetheless qualify for the quarterfinal spherical and are taking part in in a best-of-five collection. Just like the NCAA basketball event, the fifth seed performs No. 12, the sixth seed faces No. 11, the No. 7 seed meets No. 10 and No. eight attracts No. 9.
The collection winner advances to face a crew from the spherical robin (we’ll get to that) and the loser heads residence with a shot on the No. 1 general draft decide (don’t ask).
What’s the purpose of those round-robin video games then?
Bear in mind all these years Peyton Manning and the Colts had a first-round bye after which tanked within the NFL playoffs as a result of they weren’t sharp? It’s form of like that.
The Knights and different groups didn’t wish to enter their playoff collection off a five-month break and face a crew contemporary from the qualifying spherical that was already as much as recreation velocity.
The compromise from the NHL and the gamers’ union was for the highest 4 groups to tune up by taking part in one another.
What’s the format for the spherical robin?
Within the Western Convention, the Knights, Colorado, Dallas and St. Louis will play one another one time. The video games can be identical to the common season, with two factors awarded to the winner and one level for an time beyond regulation or shootout loss.
If time beyond regulation is required, there can be 5 minutes of 3-on-Three adopted by a shootout.
The crew with probably the most standings factors after three video games can be rewarded with the No. 1 seed. The second-place finisher is the No. 2 seed, and so forth. If there’s a tie within the standings, regular-season factors proportion is used to interrupt the impasse.
Are the Knights eradicated in the event that they lose within the spherical robin?
Nope. Bear in mind, they’ve already certified for the following spherical. These video games are designed to arrange for his or her opening collection.
What’s at stake within the spherical robin?
As a part of the return-to-play settlement, the following rounds of the NHL postseason can be reseeded, that means the highest seed has the benefit of taking part in the bottom remaining seed in each subsequent spherical.
In principle, the crew that emerges from the spherical robin with the No. 1 seed has the simplest path to the Stanley Cup Last. Logic additionally then dictates the crew that finishes fourth within the spherical robin would have probably the most tough highway.
Do the stats depend?
Sure, all video games from the spherical robin and qualifying spherical depend towards the 2020 postseason statistics.
Meaning if goalie Marc-Andre Fleury pitches a shutout through the spherical robin, it might be the 16th of his profession within the playoffs and transfer him right into a tie with Curtis Joseph for third all time.
What occurs after the spherical robin is accomplished?
The 4 groups that participated within the spherical robin will meet the 4 winners from the qualifying spherical in a best-of-seven collection within the convention quarterfinals.
The highest seed within the spherical robin performs the bottom seed to emerge from the qualifying spherical, the No. 2 seed will get the next-lowest seed and so forth. Meaning the Knights should wait to seek out out who their opponent can be within the subsequent spherical.
This all appears complicated now, however as soon as the spherical robin is completed, it’s going to all be acquainted once more. Promise.