Pittsburgh Could Be NHL Playoff Hub

Columbus & Toronto also in the mix

Jeff Hathhorn
May 26, 2020 - 5:54 pm
outside PPG Paints arena

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) – NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday Pittsburgh is in the mix to be a hub city for hockey playoffs this year.

Columbus and Toronto would be the other cities under consideration in the east with seven potential towns in the west, including Las Vegas, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles.

Bettman said he has not set a date for when they would announce which cities would host, but he doesn’t believe anything would start at that location until after the first half of July.

If Pittsburgh were chosen, PPG Paints Arena would be home to a dozen Eastern Conference NHL teams competing in a 24 team playoff tournament to win the Stanley Cup.

The playoffs likely would last at least two months with a best of five series to start followed by, either a best of five or best of seven series, and then the final two series would be best of seven.

Bettman did not announce how they would work the Stanley Cup Final, with the potential to alternate cities between the two hubs or have a new, third location.

The NHL did confirm the Penguins will be the 5th seed in the east and would open up against 12th seed Montreal in that best of 5 opening round scenario with no word yet if they will set up a bracket system (like the NCAA Basketball Tournament) or re-seed after every round, allowing the top seed to play the lowest seed left.

Stay tuned to 93.7 the Fan for more details over the coming days with the entrance into Phase 2 of the NHL's 4-Phase plan coming as early as next week.

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