Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012: Each Team's Scapegoat If It Doesn't Win the Cup

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Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012: Each Team's Scapegoat If It Doesn't Win the Cup
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As April draws closer, Stanley Cup playoff fever gets in the air, and 16 teams will compete to hoist hockey's ultimate prize. The winner will be the toast of the league for the summer and be honored in parades and various hometown celebrations.

But 15 other teams will be left to wonder what could've been. When that happens, it's only natural to look for someone or something to blame.

Here is who or what each current playoff team will put in an unfortunate spotlight if it ends up on the losing side of the postseason.

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