The dodgeball tournament to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund and driver meet and greet and autograph session precede the Sunday race program. Miss Eagle Raceway will be crowned during an intermission that evening. Registration after Aug. 24 is $100. Entry forms and more information about the RaceSaver Nationals Powered by Sunbelt Rentals are available at www.racesaver.com. EAGLE, Neb. – What’s guaranteed to be the biggest and the best Sprint Car event of the season plays out Sept. 3-6 at Eagle Raceway. Mach-1 Sport Compacts also run on Friday, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods on Saturday and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks on Sunday at Eagle. Nine cars advance from $700 to win qualifying features on Friday and Saturday. Last-chance races complete the Sunday, Sept. 6 main event grid. One hundred-plus IMCA drivers from 15 states are already entered in the eighth annual RaceSaver Nationals, each of them making the trip with the goals of making the 27-car field and ultimately taking the $2,500 checkers. Stuntman Dr. Danger, also known as The American Daredevil, performs during intermissions throughout the weekend. Parties in the pit follow all four race programs, with the band Jacked on stage Sunday night. Kevin Champoux, Toby Chapman, Justin Clark, Jason Danley, Joey Danley, Mason Daugherty, Chris Douglas, Tyler Drueke, Claud Estes III, Colby Estes, Daniel Estes, Matt Etzelmiller, Gary Floyd, Tim Fricke, Jacob Gomola, Charlie Graham, Trey Gropp, Trevor Grossenbacher, Aaron Guillaume, Adam Gullion and Ryan Hall; Drivers pre-entered for RaceSaver Nationals include: And John Ricketts, Jay Russell, Troy Sanford, Dan Satriano, Jeremy Schultz, Blake Scott, Trevor Serbus, Andy Shouse, Stuart Snyder, Randy Sterling, Bradley Sterrett, Dustin Stroup, Sean Vardell, Jerrad Warhurst, John Webster, Chase Weiler, Nathan Weiler, Aaron Werner, Dewayne White, Richard Wilbee, Chad Wilson and Mark Zoeller. Keith Martin, Justin Melton, Casey Merrell, Jason Miller, Mike Moore, Justin Mowry, Alex Nalon, Ryan Navratil, Daniel Nekolite, Neil Nickolite, Shane O’Banion, Michael Oliver, Mark Pace, Michelle Parson, John Paynter Jr., Rick Pendergast, Boyd Peterson, Sean Quinn, Willy Reed, Jeff Reiman and Matt Richards; Qualifying heats for the $1,000 to win Jake Ita Memorial Race of Champions follow pre-tech and practice on opening night on Thursday. “With so many things to do off the track, RaceSaver Nationals has become something of a big family reunion,” Hadan said. “We all enjoy getting to see so many of our racing friends from so many different places during the Labor Day Weekend.” Gene Ackland, Brandon Allen, Bruce Allen, Justin Allen, Shayle Bade, Dusty Ballenger, Nate Barger, Nick Barger, Ethan Barrow, Bobby Becker, Brett Becker, Tom Belsky, Clint Benson, Zach Blurton, Daren Bolac, Mike Boston, Chase Brewer, Jake Bubak, Trey Burke, Casey Burkham,Owen Carlson and Dwight Carter; “The quality of the competition speaks for itself. Winning the RaceSaver Nationals title has quickly become an accomplishment that every driver wants on their resume,” said promoter Roger Hadan. “RaceSaver Nationals is also an event that’s just fun to be part of, whether you’re a driver or a fan, and I think that’s what really makes it special.” Rick Hansen, Jacob Harris, Mark Harris, Tyler Harris, Logan Hershey, Philip Heynen, Brandon Horton, Mike Houseman, Jason Howell, Andrew Jackson, Junior Jenkins, Nate Johnson, Gary Kelley, Ryan King, Christian Kinnison, Ryan Kitchen, Chad Koch, Cody Ledger, Doug Lovegrove, Dylan McCann, Jesse Mack and Jason Martin;
The gist: The top four teams in each conference will play each other once to determine seeding in the Stanley Cup playoffs, while the remaining eight teams in each conference play qualifiers to make the dance.Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ont. and Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alta., will play host to the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs, with Rogers Place housing the conference finals and the Stanley Cup final. Should all go according to plan, with players staying healthy within the NHL’s bubble, the season is scheduled to end no later than Oct. 4. Here’s what you need to know about the round-robin and qualifying rounds and the start of the 2020 NHL playoffs:MORE: Everything to know about the NHL’s bubble citiesNHL playoff bracket 2020Eastern ConferenceRound robinThe top four teams will compete in a seeding round-robin tourney:DateGameTime/resultsAug. 2Flyers vs. BruinsFlyers 4, Bruins 1Aug. 3Capitals vs. LightningLightning 3, Capitals 2 (SO)Aug. 5Lightning vs. BruinsLightning 3, Bruins 2Aug. 6Capitals vs. FlyersFlyers 3, Capitals 1 Aug. 8Flyers vs. LightningFlyers 4, Lightning 1Aug. 9Bruins vs. CapitalsCapitals 2, Bruins 1Qualifying roundThe following are the matchups for the qualifying round, based on regular season standings/point percentage:SeriesResultsPenguins (5) vs. Canadiens (12)Canadiens win series 3-1Hurricanes (6) vs. Rangers (11)Hurricanes win series 3-0Islanders (7) vs. Panthers (10)Islanders win series 3-1Maple Leafs (8) vs. Blue Jackets (9)Blue Jackets win series 3-2Western ConferenceRound robinThe top four teams in the West face each other once:DateGameTime/resultsAug. 2Blues vs. AvalancheAvalanche 2, Blues 1Aug. 3Stars vs. Golden KnightsGolden Knights 5, Stars 3Aug. 5.Avalanche vs. StarsAvalanche 4, Stars 0Aug. 6Golden Knights vs. BluesGolden Knights 6, Blues 4Aug. 8Golden Knights vs. AvalancheGolden Knights 4, Avalanche 3 (OT)Aug. 9Stars vs. BluesStars 2, Blues 1 (SO)Qualifying roundBased on regular-season standings, the following are the matchups for the qualifying round in the West:SeriesResultsOilers (5) vs. Blackhawks (12)Blackhawks win series 3-1Predators (6) vs. Coyotes (11)Coyotes win series 3-1Canucks (7) vs. Wild (10)Canucks win series 3-1Flames (8) vs. Jets (9)Flames win series 3-1NHL playoff projectionsHere’s what the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs would look like if the qualifying rounds ended today (updated Aug. 9):Eastern Conference— Flyers (1) vs. Canadiens (8)— Lightning (2) vs. Blue Jackets (7)— Capitals (3) vs. Islanders (6)— Bruins (4) vs. Hurricanes (5)Western Conference— Golden Knights (1) vs. Blackhawks (8)— Avalanche (2) vs. Coyotes (7)— Stars (3) vs. Flames (6)— Blues (4) vs. Canucks (5)MORE: Here is a complete schedule for the NHL’s 2020 restartWhen do the NHL playoffs start in 2020?The 2020 Stanley Cup playoff qualifiers get underway on Saturday, Aug. 1. The Rangers and Hurricanes kick off the qualifying round with a Saturday matinee matchup in Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ont. The last games in both the qualifying and round-robin rounds are scheduled take place on Sunday, Aug. 9.The first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs officially get underway on Tuesday, Aug. 11. Teams will be re-seeded after the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs.How do the NHL playoffs work?Prior to the start of the official Stanley Cup playoffs on Aug. 11, there are a few bells and whistles that are going to determine qualification and seeding in both conferences. Here’s how that will work:The top four teams in each conference play round-robin style to determine seeding for the top spots in the playoffs. Each team will play each other once, amounting in six games between Aug 2. and Aug. 9. The games will be played under regular season overtime and shootout rules.The remaining eight teams in each conference will play in a best-of-five series to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs. Seeding is based on regular-season standings. These games are played under playoff overtime rules (golden goal). After the qualifying rounds and round-robin play is completed, teams advance to the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs. The highest seeds will play the lowest seeds, per usual, with re-seeding after both the first and second rounds.Every series from the first round to the last horn of the Stanley Cup Final are seven games, per usual, with the NHL’s two hub cities hosting the first two rounds. The conference finals and Stanley Cup Final will be held in Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alta.NHL standings 2020Eastern Conference The chase for the Cup is back on.After a four-month layoff, the ice is cooled, the teams are hot and the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs officially get underway on Aug. 11. The coronavirus pandemic has forced the NHL to get a bit creative with its restart, and because of that, hockey-starved fans get a little dose of semi-playoffs with teams jockeying for playoff position and playoff spots over a week span starting on Saturday. RankTeamWLOTLPointsPoints pct1Bruins441412100.7142Lightning4321692.6573Capitals4120890.6524Flyers4121789.6455Penguins4023686.6236Hurricanes3825581.5967Islanders35231080.5888Maple Leafs3625981.5799Blue Jackets33221581.57910Panthers35221581.56511Rangers3728579.56412Canadiens3131971.50013Sabres3031868.49314Devils28291268.49315Senators25341262.43716Red Wings1749539.275The Sabres, Devils, Senators and Red Wings all missed the playoffs.Western ConferenceRankTeamWLOTLPointsPoints pct1Blues42191094.6622Avalanche4220892.6573Golden Knights3924886.6064Stars3724882.5945Oilers3725983.5856Predators3526878.5657Canucks3627678.5658Flames3627779.5649Jets3728680.56310Wild3627777.55811Coyotes3329874.52912Blackhawks3230872.51413Ducks2933967.47214Kings2935664.45715Sharks2936563.450The Ducks, Kings and Sharks all miss out on the chase for the Cup.