15 NHL Players with Chips on Their Shoulders Heading into the Playoffs

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15 NHL Players with Chips on Their Shoulders Heading into the Playoffs
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The Stanley Cup playoffs are just a couple of weeks away as this abbreviated 48-game NHL season is entering the home stretch.

As most hockey fans know, the playoffs are different and more intense than the regular season. Checking is tighter, goalies are relied upon even more and goals are generally harder to come by.

Here is a look at 15 players with a chip on their shoulder as they enter the playoffs. These players all have something extra to prove once the postseason gets under way either due to high expectations, past playoff failures or some combination of the two.

OK, I cheated. I actually squeezed 17 players onto this list, although you'll see why I choose to double up on two occasions.

Feel free to mention any players you feel I may have missed and you feel belong on this list. Please indicate why your choice has a chip on his shoulder as the playoffs start.

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