tomh009 Posted October 18, 2020 Share Posted October 18, 2020 45 minutes ago, The Chicoutimi Cucumber said: Boy, this raises awkward questions, such as: what is the shortest acceptable NHL season? Given how long the playoffs are, we can't possibly be looking at a very long season given those constraints. (The other option is to shorten the playoffs, either via fewer teams or shorter series, but I doubt they'll countenance that). A normal regular season is six months, so roughly 13.5 games per month. The compressed playoffs this year were about seven weeks, excluding the qualifying round. At the absolute latest, the regular season would need to finish at the end of May in order to leave room for the playoffs. In those five months, you could potentially run a full 82-game season if you optimized travel, but I suspect the end of May is too tight. 60-65 games, maybe even 70, should be quite possible to do, if the teams are willing to accept a heavily compressed schedule. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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