The X-Factors: Bryan Bickell and Nathan Horton
No matter the sport, there are always the superstars that casual fans and homers alike seem to key on during the course of a series. However, any serious fan knows that it's the x-factors that can turn a series on its head, and prove the difference between a ticker-tape parade and the longest off-season ever. In this series the x-factors for the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins are Bryan Bickell and Nathan Horton, respectively.
Bickell plays left wing for the Hawks, Horton plays right wing for the Bruins, both are Canadian-born and have set themselves up nicely to cash in as free agents once this series is over. Bickell has seemingly come out of nowhere to tally eight goals and 13 points this postseason, while Horton has put his name on the map by scoring seven times to go along with his 17 points. The elevated play of one of these two wingers could go a long way to seeing their team lift the cup, and guarantee a big payday.