NHL Players Speak Out on the NHL Playoffs

The NHL had the Metropolitan Division captains on a conference call on Thursday on Zoom. In one session, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers, Marc Staal of the New York Rangers, and Jordan Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes were on one line.

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Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, Anders Lee of the New York Islanders, P.K. Subban of the New Jersey Devils, and Nick Foligno of the Columbus Blue Jackets were on the other line.

Crosby understands the importance of some games being played in the regular season but he wouldn’t mind starting in the playoffs right away.

Ovechkin agrees with Sidney Crosby that the postseason should start away and he said in a video chat basically saying, “sorry guys.”

If this doesn’t catch the attention of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, I don’t know what will. The NHL has no idea when it will return and the self quarantining period will not end until April 6.

The ball is now in their court and we will see what the NHL decides. I don’t think there is any point in resuming the NHL regular season because some of the NHL players agree.

However, Claude Giroux thinks a few games should be played just to make things fair for the teams trying to get into the playoffs. The issue with that is there may not be even enough time for some regular games.

Also, why should teams like the New Jersey Devils, the Detroit Red Wings, and the Ottawa Senators even come back this season? They are not going to make the playoffs anyways and then Subban joked have all 31 teams in the playoffs.

There is no way that is going to happen. The NHL players would not allow that. The NHL needs to just forget about the regular season at this point and just cancel it.

Speaking of canceling it, Foligno thinks the season should be canceled entirely if there can’t be certain points in where games can’t be played. He thinks it is important for the players to be healthy long term.

Speaking of the NHL players, what if Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers and John Tavares of the Toronto Maple Leafs also agree to have the postseason start right away?

The same deal would go if Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins and Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning also agreed to the circumstances.

If that were the case, you can not add teams to the postseason field. The NHL should either do a points or a points percentage. Teams have played somewhere between 68-70 games. The teams have done enough work during the regular season.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets (33-22-15 record with 81 points so far this season) would face the Boston Bruins (44-14-12 record with 100 points so far this season), the Toronto Maple Leafs (36-25-9 record with 81 points so far this season) would face the Tampa Bay Lightning (43-21-6 record with 92 points so far this season), the Carolina Hurricanes (38-25-5 record with 81 points so far this season) would face the Washington Capitals (41-20-8 record with 90 points so far this season), and the Pittsburgh Penguins (40-23-6 record with 86 points so far this season) would face the Philadelphia Flyers (41-21-7 record with 89 points so far this season).

The Nashville Predators (35-26-8 record with 78 points so far this season) would face the St. Louis Blues (42-19-10 record with 94 points so far this season), the Dallas Stars (37-24-8 record with 82 points so far this season) would face the Colorado Avalanche (42-20-8 record with 92 points so far this season), the Winnipeg Jets (37-28-6 record with 80 points so far this season) would face the Vegas Golden Knights (39-24-8 record with 86 points so far this season), and the Calgary Flames (36-27-7 record with 79 points so far this season) would face the Edmonton Oilers (37-25-9 record with 83 points so far this season).

The NHL also postponed the NHL Draft, the NHL awards, and the NHL combine.

Do you agree with some of the NHL players that the NHL postseason should start right away after the hiatus is over with the NHL season on pause? Why or why not? Leave a comment below.

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