Who is more invaluable: Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby or Marc-André Fleury? Anaheim's Corey Perry or Teemu Selanne? Washington's Alex Ovechkin or Jason Arnott?
Remember, this is not a team's most valuable player. Rather it is the one person you cannot win without. Sort of like a little toe. It might not seem like much, but it plays a crucial role in keeping you balanced.
With that in mind, we present to you the most (in) valuable players of the playoffs:
Alex Ovechkin is the team's scoring leader, but 36-year-old Jason Arnott, who won a Cup in 2000, gives the Capitals something else: veteran leadership. Washington is 11-0-1 since he joined in a February trade.
Chris Pronger only played 50 games this season, but if there is a time when you want the big defenceman playing, it's now. A Cup winner in 2007, he has been to the final three times with three teams.
The Bruins have two quality goalies and more depth than they know what to do with at forward. But the defence rests with Zdeno Chara, who logs more than 25 minutes a game and plays in all situations.