2011 NHL Playoff Predictions: The 20 Most Important Players in the Postseason

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2011 NHL Playoff Predictions: The 20 Most Important Players in the Postseason
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Vancouver's playoff run is going to have a lot to do with how Roberto Luongo performs in net.

The Stanley Cup playoffs get started tonight with a handful of first-round games; top seeds Vancouver and Washington open up their respective series to kick things off. Every team can make a case for a run to the Cup, and it all starts tonight.

There will be a few heroes that emerge throughout the postseason. Some will be household names and others might be truly unexpected.

But it is possible to get an idea of which players will have the greatest impact in these playoffs. Here's a look at the top-20 most important players this spring.

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