The NHL is going to get back to hockey this summer there's no question about it.
What exactly the set up will be is the big question.
Will they complete the 2019-20 season or jump straight to the playoffs?
Both options are on the table and if they jump straight to the playoffs they'll expand the bracket so that the bubble teams can get in without the final 10 games available to fight for a playoff spot.
According to ESPN's Greg Wyshynski, the new playoff format would include a best of three play in round for the bubble teams.
This play and your in format would have the New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks, Minnesota Wild, Arizona Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks fighting for a spot in the first round against teams who would have been in the playoffs at 16 teams.
For example, if the NHL playoffs were to start today under it's regular format the Pittsburgh Penguins who hold third place in the Metro Division would play the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round. Under this new format, the Penguins would first have to play a best of three series against the Montreal Canadiens for the right to play the Flyers.
Check out the full bracket below.