• Maple Leafs Get Roasted Over Potential Matchups In NHL's 24-Team Proposal

    13 days ago - By NESN

    The last decade-plus or so haven't been particularly kind to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
    For one, they've made the postseason just four times since reaching the second round in 2004, and all four appearances resulted in first-round exits. Three of said exits have been to the Boston Bruins , with the series ending each time in a Game 7 at TD Garden.
    This Maple Leafs season has been plenty bumpy, but they started to look like they might've been getting on track a bit, as they were sitting in third place in the Atlantic Division when the NHL season paused.
    Had that result held, they would've...
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  • NHL Rumors: What Early Playoff Matchups Might Look Like Under 24-Team Plan

    13 days ago - By NESN

    The NHL and its players took another step forward Friday evening in establish a course of action to return to play.
    The NHLPA accepted the league's proposal of a 24-team format as part of its proposal to return to play. There still are details to be hashed out, so nothing is official at this point, as things likely will continue to be discussed and possibly reworked.
    That said though, here is a framework that SportsNet's Elliotte Friedman reported was under consideration by the league .
    Eastern Conference
    - Pittsburgh Penguins (5) vs. Montreal Canadiens (12); winner plays Philadelphia...
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