The Biggest Question Surrounding Teams in the 2nd Round of the 2014 NHL Playoffs

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The Biggest Question Surrounding Teams in the 2nd Round of the 2014 NHL Playoffs
Kathy Willens/Associated Press

When analyzing the Stanley Cup playoffs, there are a number of general items that can make or break a club looking to bring home the greatest trophy in all of sports: scoring and defense, to name obvious ones.

Of course, goaltending is key as well. In fact, this entire slideshow could be about each team's backstop, as a hot keeper can take a franchise through the postseason and into the history books.

No two clubs have the same concerns and weaknesses, and that is what makes the tournament so exciting. The weaker clubs have been weeded out by the semifinal rounds, and now the best hockey of the year is on display.

There are storylines aplenty, some of which factor heavily into the on-ice product, and some that are merely fun to monitor and enjoy. But the questions for each team could mean the difference between moving to the next round and hitting the golf course in early May.

What follows is the biggest question surrounding each team in the tournament.

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