Top 11 Players to Watch in the NHL Playoffs

The NHL playoffs will get underway with five games on Wednesday, April 12. Here are 11 players to watch as teams battle for the Stanley Cup.

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Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf led his team to its fifth straight Pacific Division title. Getzlaf scored the highest number of points on the Ducks this season, earning 73 total, including 58 assists. His ability to set goals may boost the Ducks' performance this season.
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Although Henrik Lundqvist is a driving force behind the New York Rangers’ success in recent years, providing the team reliable – and often spectacular – goalkeeping, he has also been less consistent this year, yielding the highest goals-against average and lowest save percentage of his NHL career. If Lundqvist cannot regain his top form, the Rangers will have to adapt their game without a staple of their former success.
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Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane tied Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (not pictured) for points earned this season, posting 34 goals and 55 assists, proving to be the most prolific scorer in a team stacked with talent.
Brent Burns ranked ninth in points among the entire league this season despite being a defenseman, earning 47 assists and 76 points. Burns scored 24 points in 24 games in last year's playoffs, proving himself crucial to San Jose’s success at both ends of the ice.
Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk earned 40 wins this season, a feat only accomplished by three other goalkeepers in the league. Midway through the season, he led the league in save percentage and goals-against average. Facing a Blue’s offense led by Vladimir Tarasenko in the first round, Dubnyk will hold a pivotal role in the Wild’s success.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are ready to bring the Stanley Cup home for a second year in a row. Captain Sidney Crosby notched a league-landing 44 goals this year, after he won the playoff MVP trophy last season.
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin led his team to the highest number of wins in the league for the second year in a row, earning the second highest number of points among all captains.
Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand is a small player who packs a large punch. Marchand scored the fifth-most points in the league – 85 – leading the Bruins in scoring.
Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid earned a league-high 100 points this season, becoming the youngest player since 2007 to do so. McDavid guided his team to the playoffs for the first time since 2006 at just 20 years old.
St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko scored the tenth-most points in the league this season with 39 goals and 36 assists. He was the highest-scoring player from the Blues in last season's playoffs, tallying 15 points in 20 games.
The Columbus Blue Jackets produced an impressive 16-game winning streak this season, helped along by Sergei Bobrovsky's goalkeeping. Bobrovsky led the NHL in save percentage and goals-against average this season and is a contender for the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the NHL’s best goalie.
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