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The fatal flaws for every Eastern Conference playoff team

Tuukka Rask didn't have the best regular season of his career in 2016-17. Can he turn things around in the playoffs? John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

It takes a talent-loaded team effective in many facets of the game to make the postseason, but no team is perfect. After all, there can be only one Stanley Cup champion. Every team has an Achilles' heel, and the postseason is often when those weaknesses are exploited.

We identified every team's fatal flaw, the statistical area that could prove to be its downfall and lead to a failed playoff run. They don't say the Stanley Cup is the hardest trophy to win in all of sports for no reason, and as playoff teams chase those final 16 wins this spring, they will have to rise above the lesser areas of their games.

Let's look at the statistical downfall that could send each of the Eastern Conference teams to the links earlier than expected this spring, from the Capitals, who clinched a postseason spot nearly a month ago, to the Maple Leafs, who didn't clinch a playoff berth until game No. 81 of their season this past weekend: