NHL Playoffs 2013: Each Team's X-Factor Who Can Change the Postseason

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NHL Playoffs 2013: Each Team's X-Factor Who Can Change the Postseason
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The focus of hockey fans during the 2013 NHL playoffs will primarily be on the performance of superstars and goaltenders, but it's often someone you don't expect to come through in a key moment that turns the tide of a series.

X-factors are players whose performance will have a huge impact on their team's success during the playoffs. If these guys fail to play at a high level, their teams could be headed for an early summer vacation.

These players could be superstars, role players or guys who struggled during the regular season and are expected to raise their game once the playoffs commence.

Let's look at every playoff team's X-factor heading into opening round.

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