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'March Madness, but for hockey:' The lapsed fan's guide to the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs

The NHL returns on Saturday, with a five-game slate beginning at noon ET with the New York Rangers against the Carolina Hurricanes, and lasting through the Winnipeg Jets-Calgary Flames tilt that begins at 10:30 p.m. ET.

As a service to fans who have a general interest in NHL hockey but have no idea what has happened in the past six months or why they're playing again this summer, we're happy to provide the FAQ as a guide to the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs.

So in essence, let's get you caught up on everything you missed (or forgot), and learn how the league created "March Madness, but for hockey.