2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs: The 4 Most Important Storylines for Thursday's Games

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2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs: The 4 Most Important Storylines for Thursday's Games
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There is a lot on the line in the four NHL Playoff games tonight. 

All four series in which those games are involved stand at 2-1.

Four teams are facing the prospect of having their backs to the wall; the other four are trying to take firm control of their respective series.

It is not often that things converge quite like this to produce such drama and excitement—and all on one night no less.

Arguably, this will be the most important night in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs so far, and each of the four series is chock full of story lines, huge matchups and epic confrontations.

As we gear up for Thursday's action, let's take a look at the big storyline in each of these series.

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