Full 82 Game Season
Ideally, the best solution would be to just start the season over where we left off. Play the remaining 11-14 games all 31 teams had left to play and see how things shake out.
The only issue with this scenario is how long the season might last. If we just push the season back two or three weeks we could very well be playing hockey until July.
But like Wyshynski’s source indicated, playing hockey until July is an option for the league. And when you consider that approximately 75 percent of the NHL’s revenue comes from ticket sales, playing all 82 games makes perfect sense.
The season could start with a mini-camp as Pierre LeBrun points out, followed by the return of the regular season which would then be followed by four full rounds of seven-game series.
Now that is the best-case scenario. All 82 games and hockey till July? Sign me up!
I get that doesn’t sound great for everyone. My wife isn’t too pleased that hockey could be still going strong into July when we usually take off for a family camping trip.
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In this scenario, the Islanders would immediately start the season on a three-game road trip. The first two games would be out West with dates against the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers before coming back East to play the Penguins. Assuming they keep the same schedule that is.
The two to three-week break could also help the Islanders get back to full health. Casey Cizikas was already said to be close to a return and Johnny Boychuk was already at practice. Another two weeks would likely see both return to the full lineup.
Having both Cizikas and Boychuk would be a huge boost for the Islanders to try and claw their way back into the playoffs.