Bettman also announced that the regular season has concluded, including all team and player stats.
National Hockey League can resume its season, games for a 24-team playoff are expected to be played in two hub cities.
"We will not do anything until we are assured by medical professionals and the relevant gov authorities that it is safe to do so", he said during remarks televised by NBCSN.
"Since March 12, we've been hopeful and optimistic that by developing all options and alternatives, we could get to this point. And our players and our teams are clear that they want to play and bring the season to its rightful conclusion".
Here's a look at the teams who would be involved in that scenario. Regular season overtime rules will apply.
Zdeno Chara #33, Ondrej Kase #28, Charlie McAvoy #73 and Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins celebrate a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers in the third period at Wells Fargo Center on March 10 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
In addition to eight more teams than normal, the playoffs will also feature an altered format.
The league remains in phase one of its plan, which called for teams and players to self-isolate whenever possible and adhere to all local public health guidance. Bettman said training camps would begin no earlier than July 1 and likely won't be approved before the first half of that month.
From there, several specifics of the playoff format have yet to be decided.
The Wild will play Vancouver in a first-round, best of five qualifying series, if play does indeed resume.
As pointed out by Pierre LeBrun, this means regular-season player stats are done and awards can be voted on and awarded before the season resumes.
The top four seeds in each conference will get byes, while seeds 5-12 will battle in best-of-five series to determine who advances. The conference finals and Stanley Cup Final will be best-of-seven series and played at one of the hub sites.
Carolina Hurricanes (6) vs. No. 9 Columbus. In the West, it would be No. 5 Edmonton vs.
Where will the playoffs be played?
Commissioner Bettman revealed the 10 cities in the running to host the revised playoff format. Paul, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Vancouver and Las Vegas.
It has not been determined whether the conference finals and Stanley Cup final will be contested in a hub city, although Bettman said that "we expect those to be played in one of the two hub cities".