After a long 82-game prelude, the NHL really gets down to business tonight when the puck drops at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh and the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs get under way. For hockey fans (except the sad folks who root for the Toronto Maple Leafs) this is the greatest time of the year, because no other sport has anything that can compete with the intensity and excitement of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Today, in celebration of the 2012 Quest for the Cup, we present you 9 storylines to watch in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. If you followed the NHL all season, this will just be a refresher to get you pumped up and ready to go. If you didn’t follow the the NHL all season, this will serve as a primer to get you up to speed. Either way, you should check it out. So let’s get started.