KHL ends season due to COVID, moves to playoffs after Olympics

KHL season
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The Kontinental Hockey League in Russia is canceling the remainder of its regular season and will move straight to the playoffs following the conclusion of the Winter Olympics, the league announced Saturday.

The league is on pause for the Games. A league statement said 120 players from 22 KHL clubs are playing for 10 national teams in Beijing.

KHL ends season early

The KHL cited the COVID-19 pandemic as one of the reasons for the decision, which will allow players to quarantine before the start of the postseason.

The Gagarin Cup playoffs will begin March 1, the KHL said.

Standings will be based on points percentage per the league.

The League considered various options for determining the results of the regular season and determining the participants in the playoffs. It was important to find a fair formula and guarantee equal conditions for all clubs, including taking into account the different number of matches played by the teams. As a result, the most objective option was chosen – to distribute sixteen teams according to the percentage of points scored from the maximum possible number. This is a well-known and proven practice of fixing results. It has already been applied both in Russia and in the world.


–Field Level Media