Conventional wisdom dictates the true Stanley Cup Playoffs feature best-of-seven series, but under these unconventional conditions, that tradition is being reconsidered.

In addition to the debate over whether to reseed or use a bracketed structure following the play-in round of the proposed 24-team playoff format, another matter that remains undecided is whether the first round of the 16-team postseason will feature five- or seven-game series, reports TSN's Pierre LeBrun.

As currently constructed, the 24-team format would reportedly involve a round-robin tournament between the top four teams in each conference...