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NHL: Five Players to Watch:

1.) Philadelphia Flyers, Center, Claude Giroux #28

Giroux has proved time and time again that he can elevate his game when his team needs it most. A passionate player who possesses a rare combination of creativity, skill and toughness, Giroux can change the outcome of a game anytime he touches the puck.

2.) Los Angeles Kings, Center, Anze Kopitar #11

Kopitar has been the Kings’ best player for a number of years and is finally getting the recognition he deserves as one of the league’s best two-way players. He is the total package; a player that can play in any situation, but also has the skill to score big time goals for L.A.

3.) Washington Capitals, LW, Alexander Ovechkin #8

Although “Ovie” has seen a significant drop-off in scoring production this season, he is still a dangerous, natural goal-scorer that can’t be overlooked. The former NHL MVP has a knack for highlight reel goals and is a must-see every time he’s on the ice.

4.) New York Rangers, Center, Brad Richards #19

The Rangers dug deep in their wallets this off-season to sign the veteran Richards, hoping he could provide the leadership and skill they needed to win their first Cup since ’94. Richards is living up to expectations, leading the New York attack in goals and assists in their playoff run.

5.) St. Louis Blues, LW, Andy McDonald #10

Don’t let his size fool you. The 5’6” McDonald is one of the best skaters in the NHL and has been a significant contributor to the Blues’ offense since returning from injury, leading the team in goals (7) and points (10).

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