Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012: Player Matchups to Watch in Penguins-Flyers Series

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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012: Player Matchups to Watch in Penguins-Flyers Series
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On Wednesday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers will kick off one of the most, if not the most anticipated series of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The two teams played each other twice in the last month of the regular season, splitting the matchups with one win each. There were many intense moments, such as an all-out brawl that had Flyers coach Peter Laviolette getting caught up in a shouting match with Penguins assistant coach Tony Granato.

However, the regular season is now in the books, and the playoffs are a fresh start. The Penguins will be eager to forget that the Flyers dominated them in the regular season, while the Flyers will be looking to prove that they can get past their biggest rivals in the first round.

Both teams have several highly-talented players worth keeping an eye on, and here are some of the best individual player matchups to watch.

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