NHL Playoffs 2012: 5 Matchups to Watch for in the Nashville-Detroit Series

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NHL Playoffs 2012: 5 Matchups to Watch for in the Nashville-Detroit Series
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It's (almost) time for the Stanley Cup playoffs in Nashville, and my hometown Predators have never been more ready for their first deep playoff run. 

They're no stranger to appearing in the playoffs, as they've consistently strung together solid regular seasons but have yet to make it past the second round.  

Behind a core group of stars in Shea Weber, Ryan Suter and Pekka Rinne, Nashville boasts one of the most formidable defense-goalie pairings that should give Detroit's elusive stars some trouble.

A rekindled offense led by some longtime veterans and a few shiny additions could put Nashville over the top if they can get it going at both ends of the ice. 

The Nashville-Detroit series could be the most intriguing first-round matchup with all of the storylines. These are the matchups that will decide who moves on and who is sent packing.

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