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NHL to start qualifying round games on August 1st

The NHL has set up its schedule, pending final vote approval.

General view of Scotiabank Arena before Game 6 of the First Round Stanley Cup Playoffs series between the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 21, 2019, at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON. Photo by Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The National Hockey League and its Players Association announced on Monday a tentative agreement on a “Return To Play Plan,” along with an extension of the collective bargaining agreement.

Under the plan, formal training camp will begin on July 13th, clubs will travel to the hub cities on July 26th, and the qualifying round will start on August 1st. The agreement is subject to approval by the NHL’s Board of Governors and the NHLPA’s Executive Board, followed by the full NHLPA membership.

The NHL has not announced its hub cities, but the most recent reports expect it to be Toronto and Edmonton.

Eastern Conference

Round-robin for top four

Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers

Best-of-5 Qualifying

Western Conference

Round-robin for top four

St. Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche, Vegas Golden Knights, Dallas Stars

Best-of-5 Qualifying