NHL Playoffs 2013: 6 X-Factors That Will Decide the Stanley Cup Final

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NHL Playoffs 2013: 6 X-Factors That Will Decide the Stanley Cup Final
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This Stanley Cup Final matchup features two teams that were a part of the Original Six franchises that comprised the NHL at its inception, the first time this has happened since 1979.  This series will be packed with great goaltending, physical play, close games and most likely a wildly entertaining crop of games. 

While these teams don't have much recent history, I imagine that by about the second period of Game 2, the bad blood will begin to boil over, and this series promises to be very tightly contested from start to finish. 

This series will be decided by a series of X-factors, including goaltending, star power and special teams, and whichever team can hold the advantage will skate away holding Lord Stanley's hardware.  Let's take a look.

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