NHL Playoffs 2012: 5 Players You Absolutely Must Watch Tonight

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NHL Playoffs 2012: 5 Players You Absolutely Must Watch Tonight
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Tonight is the night.

After a seemingly lengthy hockey drought, which in reality was only a matter of days, hockey is back.

The conference quarterfinals kick off tonight starting with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers. The most heated rivalry that is currently matched up is the showcase program for the NHL in America and Canada.

So many storylines come to the fold in Pittsburgh, where two-time Stanley Cup champion Jaromir Jagr will return, but this time to play against his former team and try to push the Penguins out of the playoffs.

Sidney Crosby will be back in postseason action after one-year hiatus due to injury.

The night leads us into some Western Conference action where the Nashville Predators welcome the Detroit Red Wings, and much later the Presidents Trophy-winning Canucks will face off against a defensive stalwart in the Los Angeles Kings.

Here are five players in tonight's action that you can't miss!

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