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NHL Playoffs 2012: Previewing All 16 Stanley Cup Contenders

16 teams begin their quest for the Stanley Cup this week. With help from our network of team experts, we previewed each club as they begin the long road through the postseason.

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NHL Playoffs 2012: San Jose Sharks Need Scorers To Show Up Vs. Blues

The St. Louis Blues held the San Jose Sharks to three goals in four games this season. Can the Sharks break free of the chains in their first round playoff series? If so, a deep run may be in order.

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NHL Playoffs 2012: Late-Season Surge Has Los Angeles Kings Looking Forward To Deep Run

A late season surge helped the Los Angeles Kings qualify for the postseason, and now that they're in, they have upset on their minds.

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NHL Playoffs 2012: Phoenix Coyotes Shoot For First-Ever Series Win (And More)

The Phoenix Coyotes have never won a playoff series. Behind goalie Mike Smith, is this finally their year?

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NHL Playoffs 2012: Nashville Predators Try To Take Another Step Forward

Can the Nashville Predators take another step and make a playoff run deeper than the Western Conference Semifinals? The personnel are certainly there to do so.

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NHL Playoffs 2012: Detroit Red Wings Beyond Consistent In Clinching 21st Straight Postseason Berth

The Detroit Red Wings are in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 21st straight season. Can they run the gauntlet in the West and advance to the Final for the seventh time in that stretch?

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NHL Playoffs 2012: St. Louis Blues Use Team Mentality In Ride To No. 2 Seed

The St. Louis Blues never expected to be situated this well heading into the 2012 NHL playoffs, but now that they're there, can the young squad go on a run?

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NHL Playoffs 2012: Chicago Blackhawks Enter Postseason With Jonathan Toews' Status Looming

Jonathan Toews is not in the lineup for the Chicago Blackhawks, and that's a big question mark for the club as they prepare for the 2012 NHL playoffs.

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NHL Playoffs 2012: Philadelphia Flyers Face Tough Road Through Eastern Conference

The Philadelphia Flyers are not the same team they were a year ago, but that hasn't stopped them from contending in the Eastern Conference playoffs yet again.

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NHL Playoffs 2012: Boston Bruins Have Repeat On The Mind

Repeating is never easy, but the Boston Bruins have as good a shot as any team in the 2012 NHL playoffs.

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NHL Playoffs 2012: Washington Capitals Hope Regular Season Misfortune Turns In April

The Washington Capitals didn't exactly have a strong regular season, but they're a playoff team, and after years of regular season success met postseason misfortune, maybe this is the year a deep run is in order.

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NHL Playoffs 2012: New Jersey Devils Fly Under Radar In East, But Could Make Deep Run

The New Jersey Devils have flown under the radar in the Eastern Conference this season, but there's no reason they can't make a deep playoff run.

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NHL Playoffs 2012: Can New York Rangers Live Up To Expectations?

The New York Rangers are the best team in the Eastern Conference, and as they attempt to win their first Stanley Cup since 1994, there are lofty expectations they must live up to.

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NHL Playoffs 2012: Florida Panthers Hope To Be This Year's Cinderella

Despite their division title, the Florida Panthers haven't received the respect they deserve. Can they be this year's Cinderella team in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs?

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NHL Playoffs 2012: Ottawa Senators Must Rely On Craig Anderson

If the Ottawa Senators expect to advance beyond the first round in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, they'll need to rely on goaltender Craig Anderson.

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