On Tuesday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed that the 2019-2020 regular season is over as the league will transition to a 24-team playoff format when play restarts.

This modified blueprint gives squads that were knocking on the door of a playoff berth before play was halted a fair chance at competing for the Stanley Cup. The format hardly benefits sides that were already dominating, like the Boston Bruins, but it's far from an unideal scenario.