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SUNRISE, FL - NOVEMBER 24: A Official NHL Puck sits ready for a face-off between the Buffalo Sabres and the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center on November 24, 2019 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

NHL ends regular season and will open with 24-team playoff

Sigh. It looks like our season is done, Sharks fans.

Yesterday the NHL announced they will be abandoning the regular season and will head straight into a 24-team playoff at an undetermined date.

Official training camps would resume no earlier than July 1, and the season would end with a champion in the early fall.

“We remain focused on the safety of our players, coaches, support staff and arena personnel,” Gary Bettman said. “We will not set dates, choose sites or begin to play until we know it is appropriate and prudent and are approved to do so.”

The San Jose Sharks have officially finished last in the Western Conference in the 2019-2020 season. There’s always next year!

The playoff standings are below:

East (City 1) Round Robin for Seeding in First Round (regular season overtime rules apply):
1. Boston Bruins
2. Tampa Bay Lightning
3. Washington Capitals
4. Philadelphia Flyers

East (City 1) – Best-of-5 Qualifying Round
No. 5 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 12 Montreal Canadiens
No. 6 Carolina Hurricanes vs. No. 11 New York Rangers
No. 7 New York Islanders vs. No. 10 Florida Panthers
No. 8 Toronto Maple Leafs vs. No. 9 Columbus Blue Jackets

West (City 2) – Round Robin for Seeding in First Round
1. St. Louis Blues
2. Colorado Avalanche
3. Vegas Golden Knights
4. Dallas Stars

West (City 2) – Best-of-5 Qualifying Round
No. 5 Edmonton Oilers vs. No. 12 Chicago Blackhawks
No. 6 Nashville Predators vs. No. 11 Arizona Coyotes
No. 7 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 10 Minnesota Wild
No. 8 Calgary Flames vs. No. 9 Winnipeg Jets

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