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NHL could implement Play-in tournament for the Stanley Cup playoffs?


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Tyler Ball
April 17, 2024  (9:27)
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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaking to the media during the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Photo credit: Sporting News

Tonight a new suggestion from Montreal Canadiens insider Arpon Basu has brought up the possibility that the NHL could implement a play-in style tournament in the future. This would be a similar style to how the NBA currently does their playoffs.

With the final days of the NHL season being incredibly dramatic fans are wishing they could see more teams in the playoffs. The Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers, and Pittsburgh Penguins all lost out on a spot tonight. To remedy this Montreal Canadiens insider Arpon Basu suggested a new format.
The last two nights have demonstrated how great a play-in tourney would be. Just saying.

This scenario would end up seeing only one of those three teams to miss a playoff spot. The other two would get an opportunity for a play-in game. Instead the Washington Capitals secure the only spot with a win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
While this change is unlikely for now if the NBA continues to succeed in growing viewership with their play in tournament it could impact Gary Bettman and the NHL. For now, we will all just have to enjoy the traditional Stanley Cup playoffs.
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NHL could implement Play-in tournament for the Stanley Cup playoffs?

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