NHL Playoffs 2012: The Strengths and Weaknesses of Each Playoff Team

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NHL Playoffs 2012: The Strengths and Weaknesses of Each Playoff Team
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The 2012 NHL Playoffs begin on Wednesday night with an assortment of great matchups in the first round. Sixteen teams enter chasing one ultimate dream — the chance to hoist the best trophy in sports, Lord Stanley's Cup.

Each team has strengths and weaknesses that they will need to maximize and minimize if they hope to go the distance this year.

Let's take a look at what is bolstering and holding back each team in the playoffs, starting from the No. 8 seeds up to the No. 1 seeds.

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