There's the upstart, the underdog, the contender and the defending champ.

And, of course, two Staals.

The NHL is down to its final four teams and there are plenty of compelling storylines heading into the conference finals. The most interested observers might be Henry and Linda Staal, who will watch sons Eric (Carolina) and Jordan (Pittsburgh) square off in the Eastern Conference final.

It promises to be an exciting couple of weeks for the family.

"One of us is going to be moving on to the Stanley Cup final and hopefully win that trophy," Eric Staal said Friday on a conference call. "That's the biggest thing. There's two good teams going at it and this is the best time of year to play hockey.

"When you're brothers playing against each other at this time of year in the conference final, it's exciting for not only yourself but the rest of your family for sure."

The Hurricanes are the most surprising team remaining in the final four. They didn't clinch a playoff spot until late in the regular season and ended up with the sixth seed in the East.