The NHL really did their homework in coming up with a complex playoff format that includes a play-in round, one that the Nashville Predators are in.
This has a feel of college basketball’s March Madness with this play-in round that the NHL is including in their return-to-play plan. It’s creative and is definitely creating a lot of buzz.
Even fans and analysts outside of hockey are finding intrigue in the NHL’s plan to not only have a postseason, but also give the fringe teams a chance to play their way into the field.
Initially I was skeptical over this idea. I thought there were too many teams being included and it was too gimmicky. But I’m coming around on it to the point that I actually really like it.
A look at the Western Conference Playoff Picture – outlined by the NHL Return to Play Plan.
The TOP 4 seeds in each conference will play a Round Robin tournament to decide seeding. pic.twitter.com/DvEvhx4XiY
— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) May 26, 2020
With that said, here’s a ranking list of the most interesting matchups in the Western Conference play-in round, and who the Predators might eventually run into if they advance.