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WATCH LIVE: NHL Return to Play conference previews

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REGINA, SK - OCTOBER 26: The Stanley Cup on display in The PreGame in advance of the 2019 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic as the Calgary Flames take on the Winnipeg Jets at Mosaic Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/NHLI via Getty Images)

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NBC Sports will air two one-hour preview shows Friday breaking down the matchups in the NHL’s Return to Play, which begins Aug. 1.

At 4 p.m. ET, Tappan, along with analysts Brian Burke, Keith Jones, and Kelly Hrudey will look at the Eastern Conference followed by a preview of the Western Conference at 5 p.m. ET. Both shows will premiere on NBCSN and on the NBC Sports app.

LIVE STREAM: NHL Return to Play Preview: Eastern Conference - 4 p.m. ET

LIVE STREAM: NHL Return to Play Preview: Western Conference - 5 p.m. ET

The 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers will begin Sat., Aug 1 with 16 teams in best-of-five series to determine the eight teams moving on to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The top four teams in each conference will play three round-robin games to determine seeding in the First Round.

All games will take place in Edmonton and Toronto with Scotiabank Arena hosting the Eastern Conference and Rogers Place acting as home for the Western Conference.

A look at the Eastern Conference matchups
Final standings for 2019-20 NHL season, NHL draft lottery results
A look at the Western Conference matchups

2020 NHL Stanley Cup Qualifiers schedule