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The lapsed fan's guide to the 2022 NHL playoffs: Top storylines, Stanley Cup favorites, key players

As a service to fans who have a general interest in the National Hockey League but have no idea what's happened since the Tampa Bay Lightning raised the Cup for the second straight postseason, we're happy to provide this FAQ as a guide to the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs. And for you die-hard puckheads, here is your official refresher before the games begin.

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Wyshynski's full bracket | Best bets
Ranking players that need a Cup

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