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Dropping the Puck on the 2012 NHL Playoffs

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Another long, drama-filled NHL regular season is in the books. Hard to believe the 2011-12 slate began in the middle of September, right?

Many hockey purists argue the Stanley Cup playoffs are the most thrilling, gut-wrenching, heart-won't-stop-pounding postseasons in all of sports.

If you prefer to see your team in person this postseason, Yahoo! Contributor Network has you covered before you head out to the rink--fan guides for all 16 NHL teams fighting for the Cup. For each arena, we got the scoop on tickets, seats, parking, quirks, food and drink, and more.

Check it out:

Eastern Conference

New York Rangers: What more needs to be said about Madison Square Garden in New York City? It's the mecca of sports venues.

Boston Bruins: Did you know Boston's TD Garden is already on its fourth name? Yep, and it opened in 1995.

Florida Panthers: Playoff hockey is back at the Bank Atlantic Center for first time in 12 years. And, no, it's not in Miami.

Pittsburgh Penguins: The Penguins' new home, Consol Energy Center, opened its doors in 2010.

Philadelphia Flyers: Crab fries at the Wells Fargo Center? Please and thanks.

New Jersey Devils: The Prudential Center opened in 2007--the first new pro sports and entertainment arena built in the New York/New Jersey area in 25 years.

Washington Capitals: The Verizon Center--aka "the Phone Booth"--is home to many traditions, including "The Horn Guy." One, two, three ... "Let's Go Caps!" Who's with me?

Ottawa Senators: Want a rowdy crowd experience at Scotiabank Place? See you in sections 314-316, right below "The Ledge."

Western Conference

Vancouver Canucks: At Rogers Arena, 18,500 rabid fans will be cheering on the Canucks.

St. Louis Blues: The Scottrade Center hosts 175 events a year--and it's ready for playoff hockey.

Phoenix Coyotes: How does a hot pastrami and beer cheese sandwich sound at's Yotes Head Pub? See you there.

Nashville Predators: If you're driving in Nashville and you see a giant space needle and satellite dish, don't worry, it's just Bridgestone Arena.

Detroit Red Wings: Old, unique, historic--that's "The Joe," home of the Red Wings since 1979.

Chicago Blackhawks: Playoff tickets at the United Center could cost you $57--in the nosebleeds.

San Jose Sharks: "The Shark Tank." Enough said.

Los Angeles Kings: Want a real hockey experience? The Hyde Lounge at Staples Center is real treat for fans.

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