Connor McDavid enjoys where the NHL stopped its 2019-20 regular season on account of this coronavirus pandemic. His Edmonton Oilers are in the playoffs, also have home ice advantage in a first-round show against their opponents, the Calgary Flames.
“I think (the standings) look pretty good right now,” he joked at a video conference call on Friday. “But you want a fair season. And a fair season is a full season. If we can do that, I think that’s something we’d obviously prefer.”
It’s additionally something some of his Pacific Division competitions would favor. When that the NHL postponed its regular season on March 12, the Vancouver Canucks were connected together with all the Nashville Predators in 78 points in 69 matches, however Nashville would win the tie-breaker for the past wild-card place from the West.
But when the NHL finished its regular time and hammering its playoff through factors percent as opposed to point totals, not only could the Canucks (. 565 points percent ) create the postseason, they’d jump ahead of this Flames (70 points in 70 games,. 564 points percent ) into third position and confront the Oilers.
“Either go by points percentage or play some more regular-season games,” stated Vancouver centre Bo Horvat, when asked for his favorite format for a year restart. “Obviously, to make it completely fair, you’d want to play more regular-season games and have more games to get in. But if we’re going to start playoffs right away, definitely by percentage, that would put us in. But it’s tough to make that call.”
It’s a much tougher call for your own Arizona Coyotes. They’re four points from a playoff place following 70 games. They possess a. 529 points percent. Under both formulation, they are not a playoff team. So players enjoy defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson are expecting to get a regular-season restart.
“I think it’s fair to start where we left off here. It would be good for the playoffs too, to get those games going again. It would benefit all of us,” Ekman-Larsson said.
Since that the year was paused, players have exchanged distinct playoff format notions among themselves whereas the NHL hierarchy has done exactly the same.
“I’ve thought a lot about this,” stated Flames defenseman Mark Giordano. “In a perfect world, you want to play a full regular season and whoever gets in, gets in. But I don’t think realistically we’re going to have that time.”
“You can’t eliminate teams that are in on points percentage. I think you go 12 and 12 (in each conference). More teams get in this year. Maybe a couple byes at the top, and play it out,” Giordano said.
Whatever the playoff format, the standard of the postseason is something that the players are interested about. The season restart may come after weeks of the gamers being restricted by utilizing the team’s coaching facilities or seldom getting a opportunity to skate. McDavid is cautious about jumping into playoff strength then layoff.
“I don’t think we can just step into the playoffs and Game 1, it’s Calgary coming to Edmonton, and guys are running around trying to kill each other that haven’t played for two months. It’ll end up the (AHL) Stockton Heat vs. the Bakersfield Condors if that’s the case. We want to keep the guys healthy,” he explained.
But that the layoff has yet another advantage: allowing players that were from the lineup because of injuries to heal up and be ready for the playoffs any time they start.
“If we can ever get back to playing, it’s going to be one of the best playoffs ever. You’re going to be playing the best version of every team,” Giordano said.