The NHL and NHLPA are working on a potential 24-team conference-based expanded postseason, according to a report from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman on Wednesday.
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Friedman reports that the first phase would be a play-in tournament to trim the number of teams down to 16, and top four teams in each conference (based on points percentage) would receive byes into the second phase of the postseason. However, the teams receiving byes would still participate in a three-game tournament in order to get some action before the second phase starts, and the results could potentially impact the seeding for the second phase.
Essentially, all 24 teams would be playing games in the first phase, but the top four teams in each conference wouldn’t be able to be eliminated based on the results.
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