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NHL return-to-play proposal would give Avalanche shot at West’s No. 1 playoff seed, report says

The NHL and NHL Players’ Association have developed a return-to-play plan that goes from some kind of training camp into a 24-team playoff, leaving seven teams not returning for the 2019-20 season, according to a report from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

The final agreement is expected to come when the league and union finalize hub locations where the playoffs will unfold without fans. It remains unknown exactly when play would resume.

The Western Conference’s top four seeds will be based on points percentage — not divisional standing. That would make St. Louis, Colorado, Vegas and Dallas the top four seeds. In the Eastern Conference, the top four seeds would be Boston, Tampa Bay, Washington and Philadelphia.

Those eight teams would receive byes for the play-in tournament but still play games against good competition for seeding purposes. The Blues and Avalanche would play a three-game tournament for the No. 1 overall seed and the Golden Knights and Stars would do the same for the No. 3 seed.

The same goes for the top teams in the East.

Then the second round of the playoffs would be what typically is the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs — a 16-team field with eight seven-game series.

If the Avalanche entered as the No. 2 WC seed, it would play the winner of No. 7 Vancouver and No. 10 Minnesota. If it beats the Blues to obtain the No. 1 seed, Colorado would play the winner of No. 8 Calgary and No. 9 Winnipeg.

This story will be updated.

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