Ice hockey in high summer – Corona provides the country rekordder new NHL mode brings up to eleven Swiss into the Playoff. And probably several duels.Philipp Muschg0 comment to restart bye: defender Jonas Siegenthaler with Washington first in the 2. Playoff round of intervention.Photo: KEYSTONE

As on Saturday, the leadership of the players ‘ Union NHLPA will, in principle, said Yes to mode, with the NHL play of the season to the end, was the historical. Not only because Covid-19 moved the decision to the most coveted trophy in world football right in the middle of the summer. But also because no less than 24 Teams will fight in a tournament for the Stanley Cup, as many as never before. And thus also: as many Swiss as never before.

the Details of The mode are negotiated. It is provided, however, that the Regular Season had ended, and in each of the two Conferences, a ranking according to points per game is created. The four best Teams per Conference would get a first round bye, the Teams ranked from 5 to 12 would they fight in Best-of-5 series to enter the Top 16. There would be only played best of 7. So 24 of the 31 Clubs can dream of qualifying even from the title – about three-quarters instead of half of the League.

A Quartet is missing, Bärtschi

Also from a Swiss perspective, it would be a historic NHL Playoff hopes. Because no less than eleven country people rose in the K. o.-Phase – only for Timo Meier from San Jose and Nico Hischier, Marco Müller and Gilles Senn of the New Jersey Devils would mean it is the end of the season. All the others were more of it. Jonas Siegenthaler (Washington) would have to kick off a bye; in the battle between Toronto (Denis Malgin), and Columbus (Dean Kukan, Calvin Thürkauf) could select up to three of the Swiss compared to. And if Sven Bärtschi make it into the squad of Vancouver, there would be between the Canucks and Kevin Fialas Minnesota to a Swiss duel.

The Swiss Playoff picture complete Roman Josi, Yannick Weber (Nashville; against Arizona), Gaëtan Haas (Edmonton against Chicago) and Luca Sbisa (Winnipeg, against Calgary).

when and where the Playoff starts, however, is still open. Yes, the players Union will apply solely for the proposed mode, not for the other conditions to the resumption of the championship, for example, the protection measures against Covid-19. So is likely to be decided in the next few days, when and under what circumstances can the player return to team training. It is clear, however, is that when you reboot, no audience is permitted and all the matches will likely take place in only two venues, so-called Hubs. Up to nine cities to have as a candidate is advertised as a favorite of Las Vegas is.

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