2012 NHL Playoffs: 5 Things That Will Determine Who Wins the Cup

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2012 NHL Playoffs: 5 Things That Will Determine Who Wins the Cup

It's the most wonderful time of the year! With the NHL Playoffs coming up, there are probably a dozen teams with a realistic chance at taking home the Stanley Cup this year.

There is no postseason in professional sports that is harder to get through than the NHL. Sixteen wins will get you there, and considering that teams can end up playing a maximum of 28 games, with every game being as physical as the next, it is hard to imagine how players still find the gas to compete for the game's most coveted prize after an 82-game season.

So here are five things to look for that will determine who Gary Bettman hands the Cup over to this year.

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