The push for the playoffs is on hardcore in both conferences. This is the time of the regular season where the cream of the crop rises to the top, and those that just aren't going to cut it sink to the bottom.
For the teams, that means that their big time, impact players really step up for them when they need it, or they don't.
For some teams, it's just a bad stroke of fate that hits them at the worst possible moment and takes their star player from them, forcing others to shoulder the burden.
We're going to take a look at the top five players that teams rely on to make an impact, but that can't make that impact because they're not on the ice.