The National Hockey League on Tuesday sketched out plans to resume the paused 2019-20 season with an expanded 24-team playoff late in the summer, but there are still many questions that must be answered before the puck is dropped in an NHL game.

Hockey became the first among major American sports leagues to detail its postseason path with a plan to end the regular season and go straight to the playoffs. It involves gathering the 12 best teams in each conference through March 11 and gathering them in two locations for several…

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