The 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs get under way tonight when 5 series drop the puck for the first round.

Here’s what we have to look forward to with each matchup:

7 pm ET: Tampa Bay @ Pittsburgh Starting off the night is a Sidney Crosby-less Pittsburgh team hosting Tampa Bay. With or without Crosby, the Penguins will continue to rely on the goaltending brawn of Marc-Andre Fleury, who was named the Penguins’ team MVP while the Lightening will rely on Steve Stamkos to rekindle the goal streak he brought early in the season.

7 pm ET: Phoenix @ Detroit Last year’s first round rematch promises More >