NHL; NHLPA Reportedly Reach Agreement On Start Of Season
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Don’t worry hockey fans, it sounds like finally got a start date for the NHL! After sitting around when we were gonna get our favorite sport back, yesterday news broke that both the NHL, and the NHLPA has reached a tentative agreement on the start of the season.
The sides also agreed to a 56-game schedule that will see teams play in realigned divisions based off of their location. The league will be split into four divisions, three with eight teams in the US, and one Canadian only features the seven teams from north of the border.
The agreement between the two sides still needs to be approved by the Board of Governors, as well as the Canadian Health Officials.
As long as everything gets approved, there would be no preseason/exhibition games, and we would get a season start date of January 13.
Of course, with the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing, you can expect to have the season start without fans in the stands, like the playoff bubble that we had at the end of last season.
When it comes to the season, each team will only play against their own division, meaning in the US, they will play everyone eight times. As far as the proposed break down of the division realignment, this so far has been the rumored breakdown.
While a lot of the teams will be facing familiar faces, the division in Canada will certainly be wild and open including every team north of the border.
The East and West will have a lot of the same teams playing against each other. The east will have six of the eight teams from the old Metropolitan division. The Central will be the most intriguing outside of the Canadian division, as you get a mix of teams from the old Eastern and Western conferences.
You will also have four of the last five Stanley Cup champions, with the Lightning, Blues and Penguins (back-to-back in 2017-2018).
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