The 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs begin next week. For some teams, the time to win a Stanley Cup is now.
Some teams have a nice combination of youth and experience that should keep them in cup contention for the near future, at least.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are a great example of one of these teams. The top three players in the Penguins franchise—Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury—have won a Stanley Cup and are still in their mid-20s.
Other teams are not as lucky.
Here are five teams that should make the most of their opportunity in the 2012 NHL playoffs. If not, the window of opportunity to win the Stanley Cup could shut for the foreseeable future.