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The NHL Playoffs gather steam amid COVID-19

The NHL Playoffs gather steam amid COVID-19

Keith Holmes Jr., Contributing Writer

September 10, 2020

The Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning are two of the four Eastern Conference teams trying to make it to the finals. The Lightning has already won that series behind Ondrej Palat’s five goals and three assists and Brayden Point’s two goals and seven assists. They will play the winner of the Islanders and Flyers series. 

NHL takes March Madness approach to playoff hockey

NHL takes March Madness approach to playoff hockey

Micah Johnston, Sports Editor

August 23, 2020

The NHL is using a 24-team playoff system to determine its new Stanley Cup Champion for the 2019-20 season, despite a long period of inactivity due to COVID-19. This system is reminiscent of the 68-team system used in the NCAA College Basketball Tournaments in March each year, a tournament that was also cancelled as a result of the pandemic. For the NHL, however, things are a bit different.

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