NHL Awards 2012: Breaking Down the Odds for the Players Up for the Hart Trophy

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NHL Awards 2012: Breaking Down the Odds for the Players Up for the Hart Trophy
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Out of all the hardware handed out by the National Hockey League, the Hart Trophy, given to the most valuable player in the league, is without question the crown jewel of the bunch.  

It is the most prestigious individual award in the game, and the players lucky enough to have their names etched on the nameplates that line its base are remembered for being the best of their respective eras. 

This year, three players who each had remarkable seasons in vastly different circumstances have been nominated for the Hart.  

None of the three has won the award before (though one has been a nominee in the past), and the 2011-12 NHL season served as a sort of coming-out party for each of the three finalists.  

So, with the NHL awards ceremony set to take place on Wednesday night, here's a breakdown of each finalist's chances at taking home hockey's greatest individual prize.  

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