Flint, Mich. – Nick Caamano, Ty Dellandrea and Alex Nedeljkovic are three players with Flint ties that are on rosters for the 24 NHL clubs contesting for the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers that begin Saturday, Aug. 1. Teams are allowed up to 31 players — and 52 people in all — inside the restricted NHL hub cities of Edmonton and Toronto, where they will stay for as long as they last in the 24-team tournament for the Stanley Cup.
Forwards Caamano and Dellandrea are in the NHL bubble in Edmonton with the Dallas Stars, while goaltender Nedeljkovic (pronounced nuh-del-kuh-vick) is in Toronto with the Carolina Hurricanes. Nedeljkovic suited up for the Flint Firebirds in their inaugural campaign during the 2015-16 season, Caamano was a Firebird for nearly three seasons from 2015-17 and Dellandrea has been a Firebird for the past four seasons since 2016.
There were a total of 12 exhibition games scheduled — six in each city — from Tuesday through Thursday this week. Play will officially resume with the Stanley Cup Qualifiers this Saturday Aug. 1, when there will be three games at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto and two at Rogers Place in Edmonton. The Qualifiers will consist of two round-robins — one for the top four teams in the East, another with the top four teams in the West — to determine seeding for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and eight best-of-5 series with the winners advancing to the playoffs. The first two rounds of the playoffs will take place in the hub cities, and Edmonton will host each conference final and the Stanley Cup Final, which is tentatively scheduled to begin Sept. 22 and will end no later than Oct. 4.
As an example, Caamano and Dellandrea’s Dallas Stars are fortunate in that they finished in the top four in the Western Conference this season and do not have to play in a qualifying round playoff series (best-of-five). Instead, they will play three round-robin games for seeding purposes against Vegas, Colorado and St. Louis. If they win, they can move up in seeding. If they don’t, they retain the fourth seed they earned during the regular season. However, Nedeljkovic’s Carolina Hurricanes will play a best-of-five qualifying round playoff series against the New York Rangers to earn a spot in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
NBC, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), NHL Network and USA Network will broadcast the games in the United States, while CBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports (French) will carry the games in Canada. Fans can also listen to live play-by-play for the majority of the games internationally on SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, channel 91. Fans can also watch games live online via NHL.tv here.
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