Marian Gaborik -- The 26-year-old wing enjoyed his finest regular season ever, as he recorded 83 points for the first time in his career. While some star players struggle in the playoffs, Gaborik steps up his game. When Minnesota reached the semifinals in 2003, Gaborik had 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in 18 games. He also had three goals in five games last year against the Ducks.
Brian Rolston -- The veteran forward reached the 30-goal plateau for the third straight season, with roughly one-third of those goals coming on the power play. His production with the man advantage will be crucial for a team that saw only two players (Rolston and Gaborik) score at least 20 goals. The 35-year-old Rolston, who hasn't won a Stanley Cup since his rookie season with the New Jersey Devils in 1994-95, has a knack for scoring big goals, as he led the Wild in game-winning tallies this season.
Niklas Backstrom -- The 30-year-old goalie appeared in his first postseason in 2007 and started all five games for the Wild. Clearly, Minnesota didn't lose because of its goaltending, as Backstrom stopped 134 of 145 shots against the Ducks. While his regular-season goals-against average went up a tad from last season -- when it was a phenomenal 1.97-- Backstrom enjoyed his first 30-win campaign in 2007-08.