NHL playoff bracket 2020: Up to date standings, seeds & Spherical 1 projections for Stanley Cup playoffs

The chase for the Cup is again on.

After a four-month layoff, the ice is cooled, the groups are sizzling and the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs formally get underway on Aug. 11. The coronavirus pandemic has compelled the NHL to get a bit artistic with its restart, and due to that, hockey-starved followers get slightly dose of semi-playoffs with groups jockeying for playoff place and playoff spots over per week span beginning on Saturday.

The gist: The highest 4 groups in every convention will play one another as soon as to find out seeding within the Stanley Cup playoffs, whereas the remaining eight groups in every convention play qualifiers to make the dance.

Scotiabank Enviornment in Toronto, Ont. and Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alta., will play host to the primary two rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs, with Rogers Place housing the convention finals and the Stanley Cup remaining. Ought to all go based on plan, with gamers staying wholesome inside the NHL’s bubble, the season is scheduled to finish no later than Oct. 4. 

Here is what you should know concerning the round-robin and qualifying rounds and the beginning of the 2020 NHL playoffs:

MORE: Everything to know about the NHL’s bubble cities

NHL playoff bracket 2020

Jap Convention

Spherical robin

The highest 4 groups will compete in a seeding round-robin tourney:

Date Recreation Time/outcomes
Aug. 2 Flyers vs. Bruins Flyers 4, Bruins 1
Aug. 3 Capitals vs. Lightning Lightning 3, Capitals 2 (SO)
Aug. 5 Lightning vs. Bruins 4 p.m.
Aug. 6 Capitals vs. Flyers Four p.m.
Aug. 8 Flyers vs. Lightning TBD
Aug. 9 Bruins vs. Capitals TBD

Qualifying spherical

The next are the matchups for the qualifying spherical, based mostly on common season standings/level proportion:

Collection Outcomes
Penguins (5) vs. Canadiens (12) Collection tied 1-1
Hurricanes (6) vs. Rangers (11) Hurricanes lead 2-0
Islanders (7) vs. Panthers (10) Islanders lead 2-0
Maple Leafs (8) vs. Blue Jackets (9) Collection tied 1-1

Western Convention

Spherical robin

The highest 4 groups within the West face one another as soon as:

Date Recreation Time/outcomes
Aug. 2 Blues vs. Avalanche Avs 2, Blues 1
Aug. 3 Stars vs. Golden Knights Golden Knights 5, Stars 3
Aug. 5. Avalanche vs. Stars 6:30 p.m.
Aug. 6 Golden Knights vs. Blues 6:30 p.m.
Aug. 8 Golden Knights vs. Avalanche TBD
Aug. 9 Stars vs. Blues TBD

Qualifying spherical

Primarily based on regular-season standings, the next are the matchups for the qualifying spherical within the west:

Collection Outcomes
Oilers (5) vs. Blackhawks (12) Collection tied 1-1
Predators (6) vs. Coyotes (11) Collection tied 1-1
Canucks (7) vs. Wild (10) Wild lead 1-0
Flames (8) vs. Jets (9) Flames lead 2-1

NHL playoff projections

Here is what the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs would appear to be if the qualifying rounds ended at present (up to date Aug. 4):

Jap Convention

— Flyers (1) vs. Canadiens (12)

— Lightning (2) vs. Maple Leafs (8)

— Capitals (3) vs. Islanders (7)

— Bruins (4) vs. Hurricanes (6)

Western Convention

— Avalanche (1) vs. Oilers (5)

— Golden Knights (2) vs. Predators (6)

— Stars (3) vs. Wild (10)

— Blues (4) vs. Flames (8)

MORE: Here is a complete schedule for the NHL’s 2020 restart

When do the NHL playoffs begin in 2020?

The 2020 Stanley Cup playoff qualifiers get underway on Saturday, Aug. 1. The Rangers and Hurricanes kick off the qualifying spherical with a Saturday matinee matchup in Scotiabank Enviornment in Toronto, Ont. The final video games in each the qualifying and round-robin rounds are scheduled happen on Sunday, Aug. 9.

The primary spherical of the Stanley Cup playoffs formally get underway on Tuesday, Aug. 11. Groups will likely be re-seeded after the primary two rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

How do the NHL playoffs work?

Previous to the beginning of the official Stanley Cup playoffs on Aug. 11, there are a number of bells and whistles which are going to find out qualification and seeding in each conferences. Here is how that can work:

  • The highest 4 groups in every convention play round-robin type to find out seeding for the highest spots within the playoffs. Every group will play one another as soon as, amounting in six video games between Aug 2. and Aug. 9. The video games will likely be performed underneath common season time beyond regulation and shootout guidelines.
  • The remaining eight groups in every convention will play in a best-of-five collection to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs. Seeding is predicated on regular-season standings. These video games are performed underneath playoff time beyond regulation guidelines (golden purpose). 
  • After the qualifying rounds and round-robin play is accomplished, groups advance to the primary spherical of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs. The best seeds will play the bottom seeds, per standard, with re-seeding after each the primary and second rounds.
  • Each collection from the primary spherical to the final horn of the Stanley Cup Closing are seven video games, per standard, with the NHL’s two hub cities internet hosting the primary two rounds. The convention finals and Stanley Cup Closing will likely be held in Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alta.

NHL standings 2020

Jap Convention

Rank Crew W L OTL Factors Factors pct
1 Bruins 44 14 12 100 .714
2 Lightning 43 21 6 92 .657
3 Capitals 41 20 8 90 .652
4 Flyers 41 21 7 89 .645
5 Penguins 40 23 6 86 .623
6 Hurricanes 38 25 5 81 .596
7 Islanders 35 23 10 80 .588
8 Maple Leafs 36 25 9 81 .579
9 Blue Jackets 33 22 15 81 .579
10 Panthers 35 22 15 81 .565
11 Rangers 37 28 5 79 .564
12 Canadiens 31 31 9 71 .500
13 Sabres 30 31 8 68 .493
14 Devils 28 29 12 68 .493
15 Senators 25 34 12 62 .437
16 Crimson Wings 17 49 5 39 .275

The Sabres, Devils, Senators and Crimson Wings all missed the playoffs.

Western Convention

Rank Crew W L OTL Factors Factors pct
1 Blues 42 19 10 94 .662
2 Avalanche 42 20 8 92 .657
3 Golden Knights 39 24 8 86 .606
4 Stars 37 24 8 82 .594
5 Oilers 37 25 9 83 .585
6 Predators 35 26 8 78 .565
7 Canucks 36 27 6 78 .565
8 Flames 36 27 7 79 .564
9 Jets 37 28 6 80 .563
10 Wild 36 27 7 77 .558
11 Coyotes 33 29 8 74 .529
12 Blackhawks 32 30 8 72 .514
13 Geese 29 33 9 67 .472
14 Kings 29 35 6 64 .457
15 Sharks 29 36 5 63 .450

The Geese, Kings and Sharks all miss out on the chase for the Cup.