That is incorrect, as you've already been shown. The NHL clearly states in their official records that: 1. The "Qualifiers" were part of the playoffs. 2. The 2020 Playoffs featured 24 teams. 3. Teams that lost in the Qualifiers have kept their Playoff streak. There is no ambiguity. There is no uncertainty. The Leaf's playoff streak is factually alive, regardless of what you want to think. The NHL are the only people who decide, and that is where their official and final position is posted. It very clearly and explicitly counters your interpretation. The end.