Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid and Vegas Golden Knights netminder Marc-Andre Fleury don't think it would be fair for the NHL to head directly into the postseason once play resumes.
The two stars believe some sort of tuneup would be necessary, contrary to what Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby said Thursday.
McDavid is concerned about players' safety, as they would be forced to go from a long layoff to postseason intensity. His Oilers would match up against the provincial rival Calgary Flames if the regular format is used, and there's been no shortage of physicality in the Battle of Alberta this season.
"I don't think we can just step into playoffs," he said during a video conference call Friday, according to Sportsnet's Eric Francis. "Game 1, Calgary comes to Edmonton and guys just run around killing each other and haven't played a game in two months. It will end up the (AHL affiliates) Stockton Heat versus the Bakersfield Condors if that's the case."
Fleury, meanwhile, doesn't think it would be fair to netminders, specifically.