Early this week the NHL served notice that upon the return to action they are look at the possibility of a 24 team playoff format over to “hub” NHL cities.

The NHL is scheduled to host a call with the NHL Players Association executive board Thursday, and return-to-play proposals will be discussed.

Speculation is that instead of finishing out the current season, the league would move to a 24-team Stanley Cup Playoffs with a drastically different format than a normal postseason. 

Under this format Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, St. Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche, Vegas Golden Knights and Dallas Stars would all receive first-round byes based on conference standings prior to the shutdown—though they would play each other in a three-game tournament so they aren’t sitting idly by. 

Here’s how the remaining matchups would look:

Western Conference

No. 5 Edmonton Oilers vs. No. 12 Chicago Blackhawks

No. 6 Nashville Predators vs. No. 11 Arizona Coyotes

No. 7 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 10 Minnesota Wild

No. 8 Calgary Flames vs. No. 9 Winnipeg Jets

Eastern Conference

No. 5 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 12 Montreal Canadiens

No. 6 Carolina Hurricanes vs. No. 11 New York Rangers

No. 7 New York Islanders vs. No. 10 Florida Panthers

No. 8 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. No. 9 Columbus Blue Jackets

By TheBoss