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NHL cancels regular season, unveils plans for 24-team playoffs

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman (Credit: Getty Images)

The National Hockey League has canceled its 2019-20 regular season and will go straight into an expanded 24-team playoff format if it is able to resume play amid the global Covid-19 pandemic, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced.

The NHL's preliminary return-to-play plans are scheduled to feature the top 12 teams in each conference playing in a newly structured tournament, with qualifying participants determined based on every team’s points percentage at the time the season was postponed in mid-March. At the time, there were 189 games remaining in the regular season.

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