The 2022 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs are underway as 16 teams begin their quest to win hockey's greatest prize. Only one will be hoisting the big mug by the time the Stanley Cup Final ends in late June.

We recently examined the reasons why each of this year's postseason clubs has a chance at winning the Cup. This week, we'll look at each of their flaws that could derail their championship dreams.

For some, it's a lack of scoring punch. For others, it's a porous defense or inconsistent goaltending. Injuries to key players or individual performance slumps could also be costly.

We've broken this list down by each team's placement in their respective divisions at the end of the regular season. As always, you can express your views on this topic in the comments section.


Atlantic Division

Florida Panthers

Goaltending could be a question mark for the Florida Panthers, who haven't won a playoff series since 1996. Sergei Bobrovsky has won only one postseason series, while Spencer Knight had just two playoff games under his belt entering this postseason. Top defenseman Aaron Ekblad could be rusty after returning from a lower-body injury. Their faceoff win percentage (48.2) ranked 22nd overall.


Toronto Maple Leafs

Speaking of teams with long postseason droughts, the Toronto Maple Leafs' last series win was in 2004. Core players Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, William Nylander, John Tavares and Morgan Rielly will feel the enormous pressure from their long-suffering fans to step up. Starting goalie Jack Campbell has yet to win an NHL playoff series.


Tampa Bay Lightning

The grind of winning back-to-back Stanley Cups followed by shorter offseasons compared to the rest of the league could take its toll on the Tampa Bay Lightning. Starting goalie and 2021 playoff MVP Andrei Vasilevskiy struggled at times down the stretch with a record of 11 wins, 10 losses and one overtime loss with a .909 save percentage.


Boston Bruins

Like the Panthers, goaltending could be an issue for the Boston Bruins as Linus Ullmark and Jeremy Swayman had just one playoff game between them entering this postseason. Long-time center Patrice Bergeron, 36, could start feeling the effects of a long season. Regular-season scoring leader Brad Marchand had just one goal in his final 13 regular-season games.