NHL Playoffs 2012: Power Ranking the Eastern Conference Contenders

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Eight teams in each conference have a chance to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup in June as the champions of the NHL.

However, some teams have a better shot than others, as they either have a better goalie, more talented defensemen or elite scorers who can carry a team deep into the playoffs.

But, these NHL playoffs have seen some crazy things happen before. Like an eighth seed has come out of nowhere before to make a crazy run toward the Stanley Cup Final only to see their magical run come to an end.

Anyone of these teams can see some crazy things happen during these playoffs. You will see players do whatever it takes to stay on the ice as injuries take a backseat during this two-month stretch.

It takes 16 wins to be champions. It will be interesting to see which players step up to carry their teams to NHL immortality.

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