voted against the proposed 24 NHL team playoff format. Killorn, the representative for the National Lightning Hockey League Players’ Association, said that all members of the team wanted to play but felt that some aspects of the format were unfair. “Data-reactid =” 19 “> Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alex Killorn confirmed to The Athletic Saturday that the team voted against the proposed NHL playoff format in 24. Killorn, the The National Lightning Hockey League Players’ Association said that all members of the team wanted to play but felt that some aspects of the format were unfair.
“They didn’t think it was fair that some teams that probably wouldn’t have made it to the playoffs had a chance to advance to the playoffs in a top five streak,” Killorn told Athletic. “My team also felt it was unfair that teams with a bye were not as well prepared for a playoff as teams that had previously played a playoff to enter the playoffs. “
Killorn said the vote was the opinion of the whole team, not just his own.
“As a representative of the Palestinian Authority, I have a duty to represent the voice of my entire team,” said Killorn. “I don’t want people to think we don’t want to play. Everyone on our team wants to play. In saying this, we agree with the vote of the Palestinian Authority and we are ready to move forward. “
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Tampa Bay had the second best record in the Eastern Conference at the break of the season with 92 points. In the 24-team playoff format, Tampa Bay would play a round robin against the other four best teams in the conference to determine the standings.
expressed concern about the round robin game on Friday with a media call and whether these games will properly prepare them for the 16-team playoffs. “Data-reactid =” 25 “> Killorn expressed concern about the round robin game on Friday with a call to reporters and whether these games will properly prepare them for the 16-team playoffs.
“The only problem I have with this format is that the best teams have a bye,” said Killorn. “I don’t know how competitive the games will be, where the bottom teams will play playoffs right away and [would be] potentially more prepared for the real playoffs. ”
The Bolts are concerned about the competitiveness of the four-team round robin after what happened to them last year.
won the President’s Trophy on March 18, 2019 and played the last nine games of the regular season without playing anything. The Blue Jackets, on the other hand, secured a playoff spot on the penultimate day of the regular season. “Data-reactid =” 28 “> Tampa Bay won the President’s Trophy on March 18, 2019 and played the last nine games of the regular season with nothing to play. The Blue Jackets, on the other hand, secured a playoff spot on the penultimate day of the regular season.
great first round sweep. “data-reactid =” 29 “> Columbus took advantage of this momentum in the series with Tampa Bay and completed the magnificent first round sweep.
concern shared by players in the league. “data-reactid =” 30 “> Another concern for Killorn’s teammates was being in a” hub city “for a long time, a concern shared by players in the league.
“It will be difficult to be away and we don’t know how long we will be staying,” said Killorn. “We will be in a foreign place, but no one will be in a comfortable situation.
“You don’t know how many chances you are going to win [Stanley Cup], especially when you have a team that you think can compete. So you’re ready to make all the sacrifices you need to make it. ”