Players Who Will Have the Biggest Impact on 2013-14 NHL Playoff Races

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Players Who Will Have the Biggest Impact on 2013-14 NHL Playoff Races
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About a quarter of the NHL season remains, and for all but a handful of teams, the playoff dream is still alive.

The top three in each division automatically qualify for the postseason, and each conference gets two wild-card spots for those with the highest point totals regardless of division.

For each of the competitors battling it out for the 16 spots, it will take a team effort to edge opponents. It will also take some great individual performances.

Who is likely to shine down the stretch?

Click ahead to see our candidates for clutch goaltending, timely offense and gritty leadership for those teams that need it most to separate themselves from the pack.

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