The NHL’s return for this season was the main topic of discussion on the latest episode of the NHL @TheRink podcast co-hosted by Dan Rosen and Shawn P. Roarke.
Rosen and Roarke were joined by NHL.com columnist Nicholas J. Cotsonika for the entire episode recorded Tuesday.
The co-hosts and Cotsonika broke down all of the realigned divisions for this season. They gave predictions on the toughest divisions, who would win each and why. They even went as far as predicting who they think would finish in the top four of each division to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The NHL announced the format for the season Sunday. It will feature a 56-game regular season that will begin Jan. 13, 2021, and conclude May 8. The 31 teams were temporarily realigned into new divisions — the East, Central, North and West — and each team will play only the teams in its division.
Rosen, Roarke and Cotsonika each had different winners for the North and East. They were not unanimous on any of the division winners or playoff teams.
They also gave opinions on what they believe will be the keys to success this season, including having two trustworthy goalies, strong coaching and prescouting, systems in place that are familiar to the players, and strong starts.
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