NHL commissioner Gary Bettman used the word "complicated" Tuesday while explaining the details of the league's format with 24 teams returning to play and resumption of the 2019-20 season.
Naturally, the teams not guaranteed a berth - teams that must beat an opponent in a best-of-five "qualifying round" series - have longer odds.
"Although we are anxious to get back on the ice, we will not do anything until we are assured by medical officials and the relevant government authorities that it is safe and prudent to do so", Bettman said.
The Twin Cities are one of 10 candidates, along with Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Edmonton, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Vancouver.
"At this time, we are not fixing dates because the schedule of our return to play will be determined both by developing circumstances and the needs of the players".
Hockey is benefiting from what's been an effective and collaborative approach conducted by its Return to Play committee, which features player and league representatives.
Yes, there's an absence of any real time frame other than a hope to get players around the league back on the ice and skating in the next week or two and into training camp situations in mid-July.
The defending champion Toronto Raptors would play the Brooklyn Nets in the first round using the normal playoff format, a team Toronto beat in three of their four meetings this season, while the Raptors would take on the Memphis Grizzlies in Round 1 of the non-conference playoff system.
Provincial Minister of Tourism Lisa Beare has been working with the Canucks to lay a foundation for a possible Stanley Cup playoffs at Rogers Arena, Horgan said. On Tuesday, the league announced its plan once it is able to resume its season. At a future date, 12 teams from each conference will begin competing in round-robin and qualifying rounds. But the first step will be to identify these two cities for each conference, with Bettman adding that a decision on the two hub cities will likely need to be made within three or four weeks.
"Obviously we can't be in a situation where we have an outbreak, and that will affect our ability to continue playing", Daly said. But the Isles' arch rivals across the Hudson, the New York Rangers, did receive a spot and will meet the Carolina Hurricanes in a best-of-five qualifier series. The top four teams from each conference will get a ticket to the first round of the playoffs directly.
Each hub will host every game for one of the two conferences, with the conference finals and Stanley Cup Final to be played in one of the two cities. But if things change dramatically and we have the ability to go back to the home markets, [the National Hockey League will]. The league will instead attempt to move forward with 24 teams given a path to make a run at the Stanley Cup. The NHL projects players might be allowed to begin returning for voluntary workouts next week.
Right now, the Bruins have the top seed based on their regular-season performance.