2010 NHL Playoffs: Ten Teams We Thought Would Be in the Cup Finals

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2010 NHL Playoffs: Ten Teams We Thought Would Be in the Cup Finals

So, here we are—the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Chicago Blackhawks will take on, and more than likely take down, the Philadelphia Flyers for the most coveted trophy in sports.

Some critics had predicted that the young and talented Hawks would be in the Stanley Cup Finals from day one, while others did not.

The same can be said about the Flyers, who were an Eastern Conference favorite in many critics’ minds before the season started—let the record show that Philadelphia was my preseason pick as the Eastern Conference Champion.

Obviously, not everyone predicted these two teams to reach the finals. From the season’s opening puck drop we’ve all heard endless combinations of Stanley Cup finalists and favorites.

Here the 10 teams not in the finals that many of us felt could have been at some point in the season.

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