Every NHL playoff team fought through an arduous regular season to reach this stage. When the lockout was lifted, squads across North America had little time to prepare for a significantly shortened regular-season schedule and the challenges that would come with it.
The teams still in the running for a Stanley Cup have particular qualities that ultimately made them playoff-caliber and title capable. From outstanding goalkeepers to offensive firepower, different elements fuel each squad.
Here, we examine the greatest attribute of all 16 playoff contenders. Championship dreams may hinge on these key team strengths.