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

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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012: The Most Important Storylines for Saturday's Games
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The 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs have felt a little less National Hockey League and a little more National Football League—at least in terms of their storylines so far.

From NFL-like scorelines—if you saw the Game 4 score of the Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia series, you might’ve thought the Steelers had played the Eagles—to players being suspended for doling out vicious headshots, the NHL is drawing its share of media attention this postseason.

Whether hockey fans agree that this extra attention is good for the league or not, there’s no denying that NHL headlines are more prevalent now than in recent years.

Not all of the headlines have been negative, however.

The Los Angeles Kings are on the verge of a major upset in their series with the Vancouver Canucks; the Phoenix Coyotes are proving that even an organization in disarray can compete with a storied franchise like the Chicago Blackhawks; Nashville can now claim itself a hockey city after the Predators knocked off the seemingly ageless Detroit Red Wings.

Each game on the Saturday schedule offers more of the same—there’s an underlying thematic element in each series that’ll be put on display.

With the puck set to drop for Game 5 in five different series today and tonight, let’s take a look at a headlining aspect of each…

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