After one of the most wild playoffs in National Hockey League history, the most important factor for the 2012-13 underdog teams is simply to make the playoffs.
As the 2011-12 Los Angeles Kings proved, anything can happen once the playoffs begin.
The Kings finished a disappointing regular season with the second-worst offense in the league, which barely snuck them into the eighth seed in the playoffs. Behind the record-setting goaltending of Jonathan Quick, the Kings posted a 16-4 postseason record en route to the franchise's first Stanley Cup—whether anyone in Los Angeles realized it is regardless.
Headed into the 2012-13 NHL season, here are the 15 most important trios in the league...