Predicting the Studs and Duds of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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Predicting the Studs and Duds of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs
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A hero and a goat, born on the same play.

It's as much a rite of spring as the playoffs themselves: Every playoff team will have one stud and one dud.  One player who shines in the spotlight, and one player who melts under the glare.  One man who will never have to buy a drink in that town again, and one man who is no longer welcome at any bar in town.  It's a playoff fact of life. 

Here's a list of this year's studs and duds—one for each team.  The list will move from the No. 1 seed to the No. 8 seed in each conference, beginning in the East.  And that's because of alphabetical order, not because of geographical bias. 

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