The NHL hit pause on the 2019-20 season due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and there's no timetable for a possible return. While many alternatives have been discussed, teams on the bubble have a few requests if hockey returns to action.
Connor McDavid's Edmonton Oilers are currently in a playoff spot and would have home-ice advantage against the Calgary Flames, but points were and still are at a premium. The Oilers are second in the Pacific Division, just three points behind the Vegas Golden Knights for first place.
A potential first-place finish would mean the Oilers may not have to face the gritty Flames in the first round so, of course, McDavid is in favor of playing more games or having an expanded playoffs.
"I think [the standings] look pretty good right now," McDavid said in a conference call on Friday, according to ESPN's Greg Wyshynski. "But you want a fair season. And a fair season is a full season. If we can do that, I think that's something we'd obviously prefer."
"… I don't think we can just step into the playoffs and Game 1, it's Calgary coming to Edmonton, and guys are running around trying to kill each other that haven't played for two months."