A pair of Canadian cities will play host to the upcoming 2020 NHL Playoffs.
Toronto and Edmonton have been chosen as hub cities for the Eastern and Western Conferences respectively, the league announced Friday. All Eastern Conference games will be played at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto while Western Conference games will be held at Rogers Place in Edmonton.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) July 10, 2020
August 1 has been chosen as the date for the playoffs to begin, which will see the top four teams from each conference meet in respective three-game round-robin matchups to determine seeding. The remaining eight teams in each conference will begin in a best-of-five series with the winners advancing to play the top four teams at the conclusion of their round-robin games.
Teams are expected to begin full training camps on July 13 at home facilities before traveling to their respective hubs on July 26.
The Philadelphia Flyers (+1000 to win Stanley Cup on DraftKings Sportsbook) will face off against the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Washington Capitals to determine their playoff seeding. Alain Vigneault’s team will first face the Bruins on August 2 before taking on Tampa Bay three days later and concluding with Washington on August 9.
The four (4) best-of-five series in the East are as followed:
- Pittsburgh Penguins (40-23-6) vs. the Montreal Canadiens (31-31-9)
- Carolina Hurricanes (38-25-5) vs. the New York Rangers (37-28-5)
- New York Islanders (35-23-10) vs. the Florida Panthers (35-26-8)
- Toronto Maple Leafs (36-25-9) vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets (33-22-15)
In the Western Conference Qualifiers, the defending Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues, along with the Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, and Vegas Golden Knights will take part in a four-team round-robin tournament to determine seeding.
The four best-of-5 series in the West are as followed:
- Edmonton Oilers (37-25-9) vs. the Chicago Blackhawks (32-30-8)
- Nashville Predators (35-26-8) vs. the Arizona Coyotes (33-29-8)
- Vancouver Canucks (36-27-6) vs. the Minnesota Wild (35-27-7)
- Calgary Flames (36-27-7) vs. the Winnipeg Jets (37-28-6)
A full breakdown of each playoff series can be found here.