Who's Hot and Who's Not as 2013 NHL Playoffs Approach?

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Who's Hot and Who's Not as 2013 NHL Playoffs Approach?
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Conventional wisdom says the hot team going into the playoffs is often the team that has the best chance to win.

Conventional wisdom is not always correct. The Los Angeles Kings were 3-2-3 in their last eight games and they didn't look like they were going to be much of a problem for the top-seeded and President's Trophy-winning Vancouver Canucks.

The Kings went on to win the series in five games and then rolled to the first Stanley Cup in the team's history.

The year before, the Boston Bruins were 3-2-1 over their last six games. While that wasn't terrible, it didn't serve notice that they would win three seven-game series en route to their first Stanley Cup in 39 years.

But sometimes, a strong finish does result in a payoff. The Chicago Blackhawks were 6-1-0 in their final seven games in 2009-10 and then won the Stanley Cup for the first time in 49 years.

Here's a look at who's hot and who's not with the playoffs approaching.

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