Nashville Predators: NHL eyeing December 1 for 2020-21 season start date

With the Nashville Predators getting ready to finish the 2019-20 season, the NHL is eyeing December 1 as a start date for the 2020-21 season.

The Nashville Predators are preparing to take on the Arizona Coyotes in the Qualifying Round of the NHL’s new COVID-19 playoff tournament format to crown a champion for the 2019-20 season.

The Predators are faced with two options that seems to have brought a debate between many Predators fans. Should they tank and lose in the Qualifying Round for a better draft pick, or go all in and try to win the cup?

It’s pretty crazy to think of losing as an option, but some Predators fans are considering it, although I think most would prefer to win the franchise’s first Stanley Cup. While Preds fans are getting ready for the Qualifying Round, the NHL is working on a new start date for the 2020-21 NHL season.

The date that the NHL is already looking at is December 1 to start the next season. That seems like an appropriate amount of time between the end of the 2019-20 season and the start of the 2020 season with the number of games each team will play.

The date for the NHL Draft would be October 6 in this proposal with training camp opening on November 17 and free agency opening on October 9th or 7 days after the season ends.

These dates aren’t set in stone, but this is what the NHL is aiming for right now. The NHL is also planning to play all 82 games next season with fewer back-to-back games and less travel than a normal season.

We still might not have any fans inside Bridgestone Arena for the 2020-21 season, but a full 82 game season would bring some normalcy back to the sports world, especially if the college football and NFL seasons are adjusted due to COVID-19.