NHL Hopes to Resume This Season, Minus the Detroit Red Wings

May 26, 2020, 5:17 PM

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It's official. The Red Wings are done this year.

The NHL announced plans Tuesday that call for 24 of the league's 31 teams to resume play without fans this season by partaking in Stanley Cup Playoffs, The Canadian Press reports.

The Detroit Red Wings, who did poorly this season with a 17-49-5 record, will be among seven teams that won't play in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"Obviously, we anticipate playing over the summer and into the early fall," Commissioner Gary Bettman said at a news conference. "At this time, we are not fixing dates because the schedule of our return to play will be determined both by developing circumstances and the needs of the players."

The New York Times reports that the resumption of the seasion is not a guarantee because the NHL and the NHL Players' Association must figure out health and safety protocols and solve other issues, including where to play.

Under the playoff plans, 12 teams from the Eastern Conference will be assigned to a hub city, and the other 12, from the West, will be assigned to the other hub city. Detroit is not among the hub city's being mentioned.  

The Wings were eliminated from playoff contention Feb. 21.  

Read more:  The Canadian Press

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