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Report: NHL to run three games per day in each hub city

The NHL will keep fans occupied throughout the week when the qualifying round starts.

A general view of the arena before Toronto Maple Leafs host Boston Bruins in game six of the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena. Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL is planning to restart its season in Edmonton and Toronto with 24 teams competing to take home the Stanley Cup. The two hub cities will open with each hosting an 8-game qualifying round and a four-team round-robin for top four seeding.

That’s a whole lot of hockey to be played, and the league is putting together something like we see with the World Cup. ESPN’s Emily Kaplan is reporting the NHL is looking to have three games played per day, airing at noon, 4 p.m., and 8 p.m. (ET).

Here is a look at how the opening round of hockey is tentatively planned to shake out:

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