2011 NHL Playoffs: The X Factor for Each Remaining Team

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2011 NHL Playoffs: The X Factor for Each Remaining Team
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You don't just make it into the playoffs by accident. And you don't just win your first series and advance past the conference quarterfinals by accident.

For each of the eight teams remaining in the 2011 NHL Playoffs, they've all already discovered that 'X' factor; the player, the unit, or the style that makes the difference between winning and losing. For all of these teams, they found that X Factor in Round One. But, as the competitors are cut in half again in the upcoming Second Round, will they be able to, once again, use that X Factor to their advantage?

In this slideshow, we'll examine what statistic was, in many cases, the deciding factor for each team during their first series, and also take a look at how they might be able to pull it out of the bag again in the Conference Semi-Finals.

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