The Stanley Cup playoffs start this evening with three games.

In Pittsburgh, the Penguins face off with Columbus in the opening game of their best of seven affair. The Pens owned the Blue Jackets during the regular season, winning all five games played by a combined score of 16-8. In the Jackets, the Pens are facing a team that has never won a playoff game since entering the league in 2000.

In Anaheim, the Ducks are playing host to the Dallas Stars. The Ducks are coming off their best regular season ever as they won 54 games in clinching the Pacific Division and the Western Conference titles. For Dallas, this is the first playoff appearance for the franchise since 2008. The Stars won two of the three games they played with the Ducks this season.

And in Tampa, the Lightning are hosting Montreal in their opening game. During the season, the Lightning won three of the four games they played with the Canadiens. It was a close series of games however as three of them went to overtime.

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