The Biggest X-Factor in Each 1st Round NHL Playoff Series

« Prev
1 of 10
Next »
Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse the slideshow
The Biggest X-Factor in Each 1st Round NHL Playoff Series
USA TODAY Sports

If history has taught us one thing about the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, it's that nothing is certain.

With multiple games every night unfolding at a fast and furious place, it's virtually guaranteed that we'll see crazy upsets, underachieving superstars and unexpected heroes.

Night 1 of 2014 didn't disappoint with some fast, intense, wide-open hockey from teams that are just getting to know each other. The pre-existing rivalries will get underway later in the week.

Here's a look at each series' unique X-factor, whether it's a person or a situation, that could play a key role in the NHL playoffs.

 

All stats current through Wednesday April 16, courtesy of NHL.com.

Begin Slideshow »
Load More Stories

Follow B/R on Facebook

Out of Bounds

NHL

Subscribe Now

We will never share your email address

Thanks for signing up.