Bruins' Stanley Cup Defense, Battle of Pennsylvania Highlight List of Top 10 Storylines of NHL PlayoffsIt's that time of the year again.

The weather is getting warmer, but it won't be easy to get outside to enjoy it too much. It's much nicer staying cool inside an NHL rink in the spring, or at least in front of a TV following all the action of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Stanley Cup playoffs provide action unparalleled in all of sports. The intensity of four grueling rounds of seven-game series, the excitement of sudden-death playoffs and the traditions of playoff beards and flying octopi. What more could a fan ask for? 

Well, even within the glory that is the Stanley Cup playoffs, there are some things that provide even more drama. So while the NHL gets set to open its playoff spectacle on Wednesday, we've been working on the top 10 storylines of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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