NHL Teams Hurt the Most by the 2014 Winter Olympic Break

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NHL Teams Hurt the Most by the 2014 Winter Olympic Break
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The Olympic break is wrapping up and the NHL is getting back to work.

Over the seven-week sprint until the playoffs begin, we'll see some teams that have benefited from the Olympic break—getting players back from injury, much-needed rests or emotional boosts from strong performances and positive experiences in Sochi.

On the other side of the coin, plenty of top teams will be scrambling to cope with the fallout from the Olympic tournament. Injuries, heavy on-ice responsibilities and crushed confidence are just a few of the negative side effects that will need to be managed through the stretch run and on into the playoffs.

Here's a look at eight teams that will have an extra burden to bear as they make their charge towards the postseason.

 

Standings from NHL.com, current through Feb. 25.

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