The NHL is back. And the stakes are the highest they have been all season.
For 16 of the 24 teams in the two Canadian bubble cities (Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta), they will immediately play a best-of-five qualifying-round series as the 2019-20 season resumes. Meanwhile, the other eight teams (the top four from each conference) have already secured playoff spots, but they will each be playing three games to determine the order of the seeding for each conference.
The action gets underway Saturday with five qualifying-round matchups, followed by three more and a pair of round-robin seeding games Sunday.