The format is generally fine, given the situation. The only request I make is that once reduced to 16 teams, all playoff rounds must be best of seven so as to mimic the normal playoffs.
Like the Leafs stood a chance regardless of format.
Because by extending to 24 teams, you include big markets like Montréal, NY Rangers and Chicago. It's only a money thing.
But my understanding is: that stupid best-of-5 qualifying round is not part of the playoffs, technically speaking. The losers of this series won't be listed as qualified teams for the playoffs in the record and stats.
That being said, yes, screw that, just cancel the goddamn season and try to have a more "normal" 2020-2021 season.
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. COVID-19 has killed nearly 120,000 since February while we have experienced some of the most serious lockdowns ever experienced to mitigate the spread of the disease.
diagnosed in the US last year. There have been 2.1M new cases of COVID-19 since February. And the 18,000 new cases diagnosed yesterday are