2012 NHL Playoffs: Handicapping Each Team's Stanley Cup Chances

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2012 NHL Playoffs: Handicapping Each Team's Stanley Cup Chances
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With the 2012 Stanley Cup playoff schedule set, odds makers are busy setting the lines for each team.

The average team has just a 6.25 percent chance to win, expressed as 15:1 (15 teams fail and one succeeds). Naturally, there are those teams considered more ready, talented or with an easier road before them.

In this piece, I will compare the odds Pro Hockey Talk has given each team with what I think their chances are. Each will have a short explanation of why they are where they are. Bets will be ranked sizzling, hot, warm, cool and cold.

Teams whose odds are better than listed there are good bets, not necessarily because they are likely to win but because their chance compares favourably with the payout. However, they will be listed in order of the likelihood of them winning it all to show that, as well.

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