With only two weeks left until the regular season, the NHL is set to kick off the 2020-21 season with the playoffs, but what happens in the coming weeks and months will have an impact on the league’s future.
The schedule is set and with it, teams will have a great amount of time to prepare for games.
With that said, some of the most important decisions of the offseason will take place during the next few weeks.
There are a number of important decisions the league has to make this season and with the NHL taking some time to adjust to the shortened season, it’s important to get the details straight on what to expect.
Here’s what we know so far:The scheduleThe schedule for the 2020 NHL season is set, with two games coming in the first round of the playoffs.
There are four teams left in the Eastern Conference and the Stanley Cup playoffs will determine which of them will advance to the Stanley Championship.
The first game of the series will be on Jan. 7 at the new Honda Center in Anaheim, California, with the second and third games on Jan 12 and Jan 14 in Buffalo, New York.
The next game of that series is on Feb. 2 in Philadelphia, with both games being played at Consol Energy Center.
The first and third will be played in Anaheim on Feb 6.
The teams will meet again in the East again in March when they will meet in the second round of a first-round series.
Both teams will be without injured players, so the games will be extra important to the NHL.
The playoffsThe two teams will play a series of five games in the final round of playoff series, with three games on the road.
The final two games are at home, with a first and goal in each game.
In the Western Conference, the series is split between the San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks.
The series will conclude on March 8 with the third and fifth games at home.
The playoff series will also have a first round on March 13 at the Honda Center.
In this series, the Sharks will face the Canucks in the series finale on March 18 at SAP Center in San Jose.
In each game, both teams will face a second-round opponent in the Western conference.
The teams will both have a goal difference of minus-three goals.
The Sharks will have one of their two home playoff games on March 15 at SAP Arena against the San Antonio Rampage.
In that game, the team that wins the series goes home, while the team with the better goal differential will face either the New York Islanders or the New Jersey Devils in the third round.
The final two weeks of the regular-season will include the playoffs and there are several big games to be played.
The Canucks and Sharks will meet for the first time since the season ended.
They will meet at the Rogers Arena on March 6 and 7, followed by Game 7 at Vancouver on March 11.
The Islanders will meet the Canucks at New York’s Madison Square Garden on March 12.
The Devils will face off against the Sabres on March 16.
The Blackhawks will play the Ducks at the MTS Centre on March 17, followed closely by Game 6 at home against the Ottawa Senators.
The Wild will face Nashville in the First Round at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on March 19.
The Capitals will meet Washington in the playoffs for the second straight year.
The Capitals are playing in the best-of-seven series for the Presidents’ Trophy.
The Caps will play Game 6 in St. Louis on April 1.
In these series, Washington will play at home on April 3 and 4 against the Nashville Predators.
The Predators will face Game 7 in Washington on April 5.
The Sharks will travel to Arizona to face the Coyotes in the round of 32.
The Coyotes will play in Arizona on April 6, with Game 7 against the Arizona Coyotes in Tucson on April 7.
The Ducks will play Anaheim in the Round of 16.
The Ducks are playing the Ducks in the quarterfinals for the Calder Cup.
The Rangers will play Edmonton in the Quarterfinals.
The Oilers are playing for the Stanley Cups.
The Islanders will play Buffalo in the semifinals.
The Bruins will play Montreal in the Semifinals.
The Canadiens will play Ottawa in the Final.
The Blues will play Chicago in the Conference Finals.
The Blackhawks will meet St. John’s in the Championship Game.