NHL 2012-13: 8 Teams Guaranteed to Miss the Playoffs

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NHL 2012-13: 8 Teams Guaranteed to Miss the Playoffs
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The look of despair is one that will be on many of these coaches faces as their team falls short of their playoff goals

As the 2012-2013 season approaches, every team is looking forward to lacing up their skates and tweaking their blades as they begin their push to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This article will explore those teams who can save themselves a ton of pain and frustration by recognizing that their playoff dreams are a total fallacy.

The eight teams in this article will not make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a variety of reasons. Some don't have the offensive firepower, some need a better, more determined effort on the defensive end.

Some of these teams are too young and inexperienced while others may be getting a little long in the tooth with their key players best years being behind them.

Some need some serious goaltending help while others might benefit from a change in leadership.

Whatever the reason may be, the following teams will be better served making their tee times ahead of the beginning of the Playoffs because their season will be over long before April.

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