Although they're on a slide at the moment, the Vancouver Canucks will likely clinch the Northwest Division within the next week-and-a-half.
The Canucks will make the playoffs, and they will have home-ice advantage in the first round; it's what happens after that 82nd game when the variables start to come into effect.
Despite being strong contenders in the past three seasons, the Canucks have not been able to bring the Cup home, although they literally couldn't have come any closer.
When looking at the previous postseason campaigns, as well as the current regular season, there are potential issues that cause worry.
The following identifies five issues that may arise in the 2012 playoffs.