The NHL announced Tuesday that they are scrapping the rest of the NHL regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams instead of the usual 16 team field. As a result, our Dallas Stars would have an automatic berth since they are currently in 4th place in the Western Conference.
Under the reconfigured plan, American Airlines Center could also become a playoff host site for these games if they ever do happen.
The decision, announced today by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, is not a guarantee that games are coming back. The NHL and their players association must still figure out health and safety protocols and solve other issues including where to play.
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