NHL’s 2020 pandemic-shortened season: Everything you need to know

The NHL season resumes Saturday after months of uncertainty with a unique 24-team playoff that will take place over the next several weeks in two hub cities in Canada.

The season was suspended on March 12 in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. With 187 regular season games left to be played, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman had to come up with a plan that was competitive enough that the players would be on board with.

The result was a 24-team playoff that would see the top four teams in each conference compete in a round robin tournament for seeding while the remaining 8 teams compete in a best-of-five qualifier round to determine who will move on to the first round. The seeding for these rounds were made based off of points percentage when the season was paused.

The Eastern Conference teams will play at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto while the Western Conference will play at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

For the teams that drop after the qualifiers, they will have the chance to win the first overall draft pick.

The usual playoff format will resume after the first round, the only difference being that there is no bracket. The teams will be reseeded each round.

Read below to review each team’s season preview.

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BOSTON BRUINS 

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - FEBRUARY 25: David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins takes a shot against the Calgary Flames during the first period at TD Garden on February 25, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 25: David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins takes a shot against the Calgary Flames during the first period at TD Garden on February 25, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Division: Atlantic (1st)

Record: 44-14-12

Coach: Bruce Cassidy

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TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 29: Justin Holl #3 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the third period at the Scotiabank Arena on February 29, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Sousa/NHLI via Getty Images)

TORONTO, ON – FEBRUARY 29: Justin Holl #3 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the Vancouver Canucks during the third period at the Scotiabank Arena on February 29, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Kevin Sousa/NHLI via Getty Images)

Division: Atlantic (3rd)

Record: 35-26-9

Coach: Sheldon Keefe

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TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2019, file photo, Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) looks on during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals in Washington.] Stamkos will be limited at the start of Tampa training camp because of a new lower-body injury, general manager Julien BriseBois said Saturday, July 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

FILE – In this Dec. 21, 2019, file photo, Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) looks on during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals in Washington.] Stamkos will be limited at the start of Tampa training camp because of a new lower-body injury, general manager Julien BriseBois said Saturday, July 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

Division: Atlantic (2nd)

Record: 43-21-6

Coach: Jon Cooper

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FLORIDA PANTHERS 

Division: Atlantic (4th)

Record: 35-26-8

Coach: Joel Quenneville

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MONTREAL CANADIANS  

Division: Atlantic (5th)

Record: 31-31-9

Coach: Claude Julien

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WASHINGTON CAPITALS

Division: Metropolitan (1st)

Record: 41-20-8

Coach: Todd Reirden

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PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

Division: Metropolitan (2nd)

Record: 41-21-7

Coach: Alain Vigneault

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PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

Division: Metropolitan (3rd)

Record: 40-23-6

Coach: Mike Sullivan

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CAROLINA HURRICANES

Division: Metropolitan (4th)

Record: 38-25-5

Coach: Rod Brind’Amour

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COLUMBUS  BLUE JACKETS

Division: Metropolitan (5th)

Record: 33-22-15

Coach: John Tortorella

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NEW YORK ISLANDERS

Division: Metropolitan (6th)

Record: 35-23-10

Coach: Barry Trotz

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NEW YORK RANGERS

Division: Metropolitan (7th)

Record: 37-28-5

Coach: David Quinn

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ST. LOUIS BLUES

Division: Central (1st)

Record: 42-19-10

Coach: Craig Berube

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COLORADO AVALANCHE 

Division: Central (2nd)

Record: 42-20-8

Coach: Jared Bednar

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DALLAS STARS

Division: Central (3rd)

Record: 37-24-8

Coach: Rick Bowness

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WINNIPEG JETS

Division: Central (4th)

Record: 37-28-6

Coach: Paul Maurice

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NASHVILLE PREDATORS

Division: Central (5th)

Record: 35-26-8

Coach: John Hynes

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MINNESOTA WILD

Division: Central (6th)

Record: 35-27-7

Coach: Dean Evason

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CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

Division: Central (7th)

Record: 32-30-8

Coach: Jeremy Colliton

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS

Division: Pacific (1st)

Record: 39-24-8

Coach: Peter DeBoer

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EDMONTON OILERS 

Division: Pacific (2nd)

Record: 37-25-9

Coach: Dave Tippett

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CALGARY FLAMES

Division: Pacific (3rd)

Record: 36-27-7

Coach: Geoff Ward

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VANCOUVER CANUCKS

Division: Pacific (4th)

Record: 36-27-6

Coach: Travis Green

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ARIZONA COYOTES 

Division: Pacific (5th)

Record: 33-29-8

Coach: Rick Tocchet

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