2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs: 10 Key Players for the Penguins vs. Flyers Series

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2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs: 10 Key Players for the Penguins vs. Flyers Series

If this picture doesn't describe this series at the end, I will honestly be shocked. If you want to learn what hockey truly is, then watch this series, because you're going to see everything the game stands for and some extra.

Both teams want the opponent's head on a stick and whoever survives this special viewing of World War II on ice will be seriously battered and bruised.

The postseason is a brand new season. Whatever happened in the regular season does not matter now as anything is possible and any team can be hoisting the Cup at the end of the battle. These two teams have excellent offensive and defensive power and I don't see any of that slowing up in this series.'

This isn't just a battle for the Cup, this is also bragging rights in the state of Pennsylvania. I love when two teams from the same state face off against each other, because you know that the state is divided and you either like one or the other, never both.

This will be the sixth time these two teams have met in the playoffs and Philly has the overall advantage, owning three of the five series victories, but losing their last two meetings.

The switch of Max Talbot to Philly and Arron Asham to Pittsburgh does not change the relationship between the teams because once you leave, you are cut off.

It broke my heart along with many other fans when Talbot was given an absurd amount of money that he didn't deserve to pry him away from the Pitt, but he did his job for the Penguins and was one of the biggest reasons they won the Cup back in '09, but that's the past, and he'll realize that this week.

There are going to be certain players for each team who need to step up big and if they do, then it will only make it easier to get the magic number down to 12 games. Here they are.

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