Our time has come hockey fans.
It's the NHL playoffs.
Lord Stanley's Cup is the hardest trophy to win in all of sports.
There is no other sport that combines such brute physicality with the extensive amount of play as the NHL playoffs does.
While the NFL may be more physical, it takes only three or four games to win the Superbowl. And while the NBA takes as many games to win a championship, it is not nearly as taxing on the player's bodies.
That being said, there have only been two teams to make the Stanley Cup Finals in the past two years.
One of which is the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The road for the Pens this year will not be as easy as years past. The Devils and Capitals pose threats the Penguins haven't seen in either of their last two trips to the finals.
For Pittsburgh to make another run, it will take more than a few players showing up to carry them to the finals. They will need a consistent effort from everyone on the ice.
With that in mind, these are the players who most need to step up and play at a consistent level for the Pens to make another trip to the prestigious Stanley Cup Finals.