Recall that the 2019/20 season in the NHL because of the pandemic coronavirus was suspended in March. Clubs failed to finish the regular season, then all matches have been cancelled. Later it was decided that the Stanley Cup will still be played, however it will happen at a slightly modified formula.
four strongest clubs in the East and the West automatically passed the first round and another eight clubs have played the permit in 1/8 finals in the games right through to three victories. The meetings were held in two canadian cities – Toronto and Edmonton, without spectators, and in conditions of maximum safety for the participants.
the League has taken unprecedented precautions. Commands reside in a closed area near the arenas with isolation from the outside world. On a daily basis they pass the tests COVID-19.
it is Noteworthy that home ice has not helped the clubs of these cities. Toronto lost in a series of “Columbus” and “Edmonton” with the best scorer of the regular season German Leon Dreiseitl lost to “Chicago”.
it was Not without losses among the Russian players. “Pittsburgh” Evgeni Malkin was a bit “Montreal”, who during the season had to come to terms with the fact that the chances of an exit in the playoffs is almost there. However, the “Canadiens” played “penguin” in four games, and Malkin has played a failure, scoring only one point.
failed to overcome the qualifying round and the “new York Rangers” with their leader Artemy Panarin, nicknamed the Bread. Rangers were beaten in three games the Carolina. Could not help his team’s goalkeeper Igor Shestyorkin, who because of injury missed two games of the series. But in the third game, he couldn’t save his team from failure.
“Carolina” was on. And one of the heroes of confrontation with the “Rangers” became a Russian Prodigy Andrey Svechnikov. On account of his five points – three goals and two assists.
In opposition to Russian goalkeeper Semyon Varlamov from the “new York islanders” beat Sergei Bobrovsky from “Florida”. “The islanders” won “the Panthers” in four games, and one of the leaders of Florida’s Evgeny dadonov scored just one point.
while some fought for a place in the first round of the playoffs, with four clubs in each Conference between a held a round Robin tournament, the results of which identified the rooms of sowing.
Not too successfully played the “Washington,” in which play five Russians – Alexander Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov and injured Ilya Samsonov. Thus he and Ovechkin failed to score any goals. However, the club believe that AVI will be able to remind yourself already in the final stage.
the First round of the playoffs will be held according to the standard scheme 4 wins and starts on August 11 with a match between “Tampa Bay” Nikita by Kucerova, Andrey Vasilevskiy and Mikhail Sergachev and “Columbus”, color which protects the Russian defender Vyacheslav Gavrikov.
Also in the East, Washington will play against the islanders, led by former head coach of the capital team Barry Trotz, which “Washington” has won the Stanley Cup.
In other pairs will play Philadelphia, which is a Russian defenseman Ivan Provorov, and “Montreal”. Boston will compete for a spot in the next round to the Carolina Svechnikova.
In the Western conference matches will be held in Edmonton. “Vegas” will play with “Chicago”, “Colorado” Nikita Zadorova, Namestnikov Vladislav and Valery Nikolkina will meet with “AZ”. Dallas Alexander Radulov, Anton Khudobin and Denis Guryanov will fight against “calgary”. A “St. Louis” Vladimir Tarasenko and Ivan by Barbashev will compete with “Vancouver”.
due to the forced pause caused by a coronavirus, is now extremely hard to pick a favourite playoffs of the NHL.