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McDavid is concerned about players' safety, as they would be forced to go from a long layoff to postseason intensity. His Oilers would match up against the provincial rival Calgary Flames if the regular format is used, and there's been no shortage of physicality in the Battle of Alberta this season.
"I don't think we can just step into playoffs," he said during a video conference call Friday, according to Sportsnet's Eric Francis. "Game 1, Calgary comes to Edmonton and guys just run around killing each other and haven't played a game in two months. It will end up the (AHL affiliates) Stockton Heat versus the Bakersfield Condors if that's the case."
Fleury, meanwhile, doesn't think it would be fair to netminders, specifically.
"The biggest thing as a goalie is timing," he said in a separate video call, per The Athletic's Jesse Granger. "The speed of the game is something you have to catch up on, so it would be nice to play some (regular-season) games before starting the playoffs."
However, McDavid adds that if the 2020 postseason does take place, it would make for some very entertaining hockey.
"If we can get back to playing, it could be some of the best playoffs we've ever seen," McDavid said. "Everyone would be rested and healthy."
"I think maybe you go 12 and 12," Giordano said, according to ESPN's Greg Wyshynski. "More teams get in this year. Maybe a couple byes at the top."
The NHL suspended its season March 12 due to the coronavirus outbreak.