The NHL is officially returning to play.
The league and NHLPA ratified the Return to Play Plan and a new CBA deal Friday, paving the way for the 2019-20 season to finish. The regular season is over, but the league is not yet jumping into the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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The top four teams in each conference will determine their seeding for the first round by playing a round robin format. The teams ranked No. 5 through No. 12 in each conference will square off in a qualifying round that will use a Best-of-5 series format. The four winners of the qualifying series in each conference will be matched up against the top four teams for the first round based on seeding.
These games will take place in two host cities. The Eastern Conference games will be played at Scotiabank Place in Toronto, and the Western Conference matchups will be played at Rogers Place in Edmonton.
Here’s the schedule for every round robin game and qualifying round series. Check back to this article after each game for scores and updated schedules.
ROUND ROBINSunday, Aug. 2: Flyers 4, Bruins 1Monday, Aug. 3: Lightning 3, Capitals 2 (SO)Wednesday, Aug. 5: Lightning vs. BruinsThursday, Aug. 6: Capitals vs. FlyersSunday, Aug. 8: Flyers vs. LightningSaturday, Aug. 9: Bruins vs. Capitals
QUALIFYING ROUND(No. 5) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (No. 12) Montreal CanadiensGame 1, Saturday, Aug. 1: Canadiens 3, Penguins 2 (OT)Game 2, Monday, Aug. 3: Penguins 3, Canadiens 1Game 3, Wednesday, Aug. 5: Penguins vs. CanadiensGame 4, Friday, Aug. 7: Penguins vs. Canadiens*Game 5, Saturday, Aug. 8: Canadiens vs. Penguins*
(No. 6) Carolina Hurricanes vs. (No. 11) New York RangersGame 1, Saturday, Aug. 1: Hurricanes 3, Rangers 2Game 2, Monday, Aug. 3: Hurricanes 4, Rangers 1Game 3, Tuesday, Aug. 4: Hurricanes 4, Rangers 1Hurricanes win series 3-0
(No. 7) New York Islanders vs. (No. 10) Florida PanthersGame 1, Saturday, Aug. 1: Islanders 2, Panthers 1Game 2, Tuesday, Aug. 4: Islanders 4, Panthers 2Game 3, Wednesday, Aug. 5: Islanders vs. PanthersGame 4, Friday, Aug. 7: Islanders vs. Panthers*Game 5, Sunday, Aug. 9: Panthers vs. Islanders*
(No. 8) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (No. 9) Columbus Blue JacketsGame 1, Sunday, Aug. 2: Blue Jackets 2, Maple Leafs 0Game 2, Tuesday, Aug. 4: Maple Leafs 3, Blue Jackets 0Game 3, Thursday, Aug. 6: Maple Leafs vs. Blue JacketsGame 4, Friday, Aug. 7: Maple Leafs vs. Blue Jackets*Game 5, Sunday, Aug. 9: Blue Jackets vs. Maple Leafs**If necessary
ROUND ROBINSunday, Aug. 2: Avalanche 2, Blues 1Monday, Aug. 3: Golden Knights 5, Stars 3Wednesday, Aug. 5: Avalanche vs. StarsThursday, Aug. 6: Golden Knights vs. BluesSaturday, Aug. 8: Golden Knights vs. AvalancheSunday, Aug. 9: Stars vs. Blues
QUALIFYING ROUND(No. 5) Edmonton Oilers vs. (No. 12) Chicago BlackhawksGame 1, Saturday, Aug. 1: Blackhawks 6, Oilers 4Game 2, Monday, Aug. 3: Oilers 6, Blackhawks 3Game 3, Wednesday, Aug. 5: Oilers vs. BlackhawksGame 4, Friday, Aug. 7: Oilers vs. Blackhawks*Game 5, Saturday, Aug. 8: Blackhawks vs. Oilers*
(No. 6) Nashville Predators vs. (No. 11) Arizona CoyotesGame 1, Sunday, Aug. 2: Coyotes 4, Predators 3Game 2, Tuesday, Aug. 4: Predators 4, Coyotes 2Game 3, Wednesday, Aug. 5: Predators vs. CoyotesGame 4, Friday, Aug. 7: Predators vs. Coyotes*Game 5, Sunday, Aug. 9: Coyotes vs. Predators*
(No. 7) Vancouver Canucks vs. (No. 10) Minnesota WildGame 1, Sunday, Aug. 2: Wild 3, Canucks 0Game 2, Tuesday, Aug. 4: Wild vs. CanucksGame 3, Thursday, Aug. 6: Canucks vs. WildGame 4, Friday, Aug. 7: Canucks vs. Wild*Game 5, Sunday, Aug. 9: Wild vs. Canucks*
(No. 8) Calgary Flames vs. (No. 9) Winnipeg JetsGame 1, Saturday, Aug. 1: Flames 4, Jets 1Game 2, Monday, Aug. 3: Jets 3, Flames 2Game 3, Tuesday, Aug. 4: Flames 6, Jets 2Game 4, Thursday, Aug. 6: Flames vs. Jets*Game 5, Saturday, Aug. 8: Jets vs. Flames**If necessary