Jack Edwards on OMF: Bruins got screwed with format of NHL playoffs

Ryan Hannable
May 26, 2020 - 7:32 pm

On Tuesday, the NHL announced a plan to return this summer.

The plan skips the end of the regular season and jumps right into the playoffs, but instead of eight teams in each conference there will be 12. The top four will play a round robin to determine the seeds and the rest will play a best-of-five series to see who moves on to the next round against the teams that played in the round robin.

The Bruins were the No. 1 team in the Eastern Conference when play stopped, but that doesn't mean much now as they could hypothetically be the No. 4 seed after the round robin.

NESN's Jack Edwards joined Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Tuesday to give his immediate reaction to the league's format and he believes the Bruins got screwed.

“I am happy that they have made progress, but this really screws the Bruins," he said. "They had an eight-point lead on Tampa Bay. They had a 10-point lead on Washington, which had a game in hand, so let’s credit the Caps with a win and they’re eight points behind. And they had an 11-point lead on Philadelphia and Philadelphia had a game in hand, so let’s give them the two points, so they’re nine back.

"Let’s say the Bruins lose all three of those round robin games, they are still ahead of all those teams on points.”

The NHL won't start the playoffs until at least mid July and the games will be played in two hub cities that will be announced at a later date.

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