24 team playoff, with the first round being a best-of-five. Here are the seeds:
Penguins (5) vs. Canadiens (12)
Hurricanes (6) vs. Rangers (11)
Islanders (7) vs. Panthers (10)
Maple Leafs (8) vs. Blue Jackets (9)
- Golden Knights
Oilers (5) vs. (Blackhawks (12)
Predators (6) vs. Coyotes (11)
Canucks (7) vs. Wild (10)
Flames (8) vs. Jets (9)
The play-in teams do a best-of-five, then you end up with the regular 16 team format for the rest of it. The top seeds will play a mini tournament to determine their seeding and to warm up.
I can’t believe the Isles have to play the Panthers – we always lose to the Panthers! Maybe not this time.