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Yes, it’s August.
And yes, thanks to the quirkiness, cancellations and postponements in the 2020 sporting world caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Hockey League (NHL) playoffs only began this past Saturday.
Only time will tell if an asterisk will be placed beside the name of the eventual Stanley Cup winning squad in the history and record books.
After all, this is not a normal post-season for the NHL. Besides beginning in August, instead of its traditional start of April, the league’s playoff schedule also included 24 squads, up from the usual 16 participants.
Eight of these entrants, four from the Western Conference and four from the Eastern Conference, are taking part in round-robin series, simply to determine seeding for the next round of the playoffs, which commence Aug. 11.