When Are The Hockey Playoffs 2021? [Expert Guide!]

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So you heard the news. The NHL season has been canceled. You were probably bummed to hear that your favorite sport wouldn’t be back for another year, weren’t you?

Well, your favorite sport, and pretty much all others, will have to wait until next year to find out what happens next. And it’s not like there’s an easy answer to that question. So let’s try to figure out when the hockey playoffs are going to start.

The 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs Will Start Soon

It’s pretty safe to assume that the NHL is going to try to start the season as soon as possible, and that the postseason will follow soon after. It’s also pretty safe to assume that the owners want to make as much money off of this pandemic as possible, so it’s probably going to be a shortened season. But to what extent?

Theoretically, we could see a 60-game season. Considering the lack of sports leagues around the world, having that many games would surely be tempting for the NHL. But there’s a reason why we have never seen a 60-game season in professional sports. Worsening a preexisting health condition like diabetes, heart disease, or arthritis, among others, is something that just isn’t acceptable when you’re talking about a professional athlete. Of course, getting injured is also part of the game, but it’s not something that can be prevented by simply playing fewer games.

When Will The 2021 AHL Season Be Up?

The American Hockey League, the minor league affiliate of the NHL, announced on April 13, 2020 that the season was going to be started that summer. So it looks like the regular season is going to be delayed by about a month. And considering that the World Juniors are also going to be played that summer, it’s possible that the 2021 AHL season will be the first of two consecutive summers that the league plays.

We don’t know for sure what’s going to happen with the NHL and the AHL. We just know that it’s going to be a weird year. But one thing is for sure. The 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs will start soon.

Will There Be A 2021 IIHF World Juniors?

Yes, there will be a 2021 IIHF World Juniors. The International Ice Hockey Federation, the governing body of the tournament, announced on April 16, 2020 that the tournament is going ahead as scheduled, though there will be some restrictions. The IIHF wants to make sure that organizers do their part to contain the spread of the pandemic, so fans won’t have to travel far to see their favorite teams. Also, they want to make sure that everyone is safe.

There will be 15 teams participating in the tournament, spread across four groups. The top team from each group will qualify for the quarterfinals. And the remaining teams will have to compete for the spots in the next round. The World Juniors will be held in four Canadian cities from September 26 to October 7, 2021.

Will The NHL Season Be Canceled?

This is the part where we have to say that we don’t know. Theoretically, the NHL could go through the rest of the season without a single game being played. The last time the NHL went through a season without a game being played was in 1917. So it’s possible that the season could be canceled.

It’s also possible that the NHL could decide to delay the start of the season until October at the earliest. Considering that most sports leagues around the world don’t start playing until September at the earliest, and that the NHL is going to need the warmup period to get ready for the upcoming season, it’s possible that the season could be postponed. The season could be canceled, but it’s also possible that it will be the perfect blend of both.

Will The Toronto Maple Leafs Win The Stanley Cup In 2021?

Yes, the Toronto Maple Leafs will win the Stanley Cup in 2021. On April 14, 2020, the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs held a press conference to officially announce their plans for the upcoming season. They started by expressing their disappointment at having to cancel the season, but said that they wouldn’t take no for an answer and would continue to fight for the Cup. They also said that they would be making some changes to the roster, with Morgan Rielly, their starting defensemen, being the most prominent of these changes.

Considering that the Maple Leafs just finished the third-best regular season in franchise history, it’s no surprise that they’re headed to the finals. Thanks to an impressive collection of puck-moving defensemen, the Maple Leafs will be a pain to stop. And with their top-notch power play, they’ll be difficult to play against at even strength, as well.

Is It A Good Time To Trade Hockey Pucks?

Yes, it’s a good time to trade hockey pucks. Though it’s not like they don’t have a bit of a bubble, the demand for hockey pucks has never been higher, which means that they can be sold for a relatively high price. If you’re looking to buy or sell hockey pucks, now might be a good time to do it. Though it would be better to do it during the offseason.

Will There Be A 2022 NHL Draft?

Yes, there will be a 2022 NHL Draft. Though it’s probably safe to assume that the NHL is going to try to hold a draft as soon as possible, considering the fact that the previous season was canceled, it’s uncertain as to what will happen. It’s possible that the 2022 NHL Draft will simply be a skills competition, with no games being played. And considering that many players have gone unsigned since the offseason began, it’s also possible that the next NHL Draft will be used to fill the roster of a team, especially considering that teams are allowed to have only five contracts.

One thing is for sure. It will be a strange year. But one thing is for sure. The 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs will start soon.

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