2012 NHL Playoff Push: 9 Players Who Will Recover from a Weak First Half

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2012 NHL Playoff Push: 9 Players Who Will Recover from a Weak First Half
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The 2012 NHL All-Star rosters yielded plenty of young standouts and inaugural All-Star performances, including Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson, Flyers tough guy Scott Hartnell and Penguins winger James Neal. 

Karlsson currently leads all blueliners with 40 assists and is on pace to break Bobby Orr's all-time scoring record for a defenseman. Hartnell's career-best season is largely because of his linemates: a dude I like to call "G-Sus," Claude Giroux, and future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr. Neal is also having a career year, currently tied for second in league goals with Jonathan Toews (27). 

Though these surprising standouts carried out great first halves of the season to ring in the new year, it goes without saying that many of last year's All-Stars have had disappointing performances this year.

Here are the players who need to step up most in the second half to provide their club with a playoff spot.

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