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Canada's team: How about the Phoenix Coyotes?

Phoenix Coyotes center Gilbert Brule (R) celebrates his third period goal against the Chicago Blackhawks with teammate Kyle Chipchura (L) during Game 6 of their NHL Western Conference quarter-final playoff hockey game in Chicago, Illinois April 23, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Young

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This is a little exercise we in the media like to go through every year during the playoffs, even if it is a little silly.

With no more Canadian-based NHL teams left in the hunt for the Stanley Cup, which remaining team is the most Canadian?

If that's how you pick which bandwagon to hop aboard, look no further than the Phoenix Coyotes, who have 15 players from this country among the 23 who have played in at least one playoff game so far this year.

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(Not to mention the fact this team could wind up in a Canadian city one day.)

The Coyotes' Canadians include starting goalie Mike Smith (Kingston), leading scorer Antoine Vermette (who's known as "the pride of Saint-Agapit, Que.") and captain Shane Doan (Halkirk, Atla.).

The team's entire third and fourth lines are also Canadians, with Boyd Gordon, Marc-Antoine Pouliot, Taylor Pyatt, Gilbert Brule, Kyle Chipchura and Daymond Langkow filling checking roles under coach Dave Tippett (Moosomin, Sask.).

So a Coyotes' Cup win would mean the trophy would be making at least seven stops in Alberta, five in Ontario, two in Quebec and two in Saskatchewan.

After Phoenix, the St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals are right behind with 14 and 13 Canadian respectively.

The teams with the lowest Canadian content are the New Jersey Devils (six) and New York Rangers (seven).

Here's a full breakdown of every team:

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On the teams that have made it to Round 2, 49 per cent of their players are Canadian, 23 per cent are American and 28 per cent are European (including Russian).

Canadians have the biggest representation at forward (53 per cent) and the smallest in goal (four of the 11 goalies) while the U.S. has a disproportionate number of defencemen (29 per cent) and the European invasion in goal continues (six of the 11).

Slightly more than half of the goals scored by teams that have made the second round, meanwhile, were by Canadian players (51 per cent).

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