Five players under most pressure

Updated: April 10, 2012, 11:08 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

1. Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils By the end of the regular season, Kovalchuk was nearing the 800-game mark in his career and yet has played in just nine playoff games. He has never played in the second round, and after a season that saw him impress teammates and opponents alike with his selflessness and commitment to a team game, Kovalchuk is hoping this spring marks his first real playoff run.

2. Mike Richards, Los Angeles KingsThe Philadelphia Flyers look like the early winners ...

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