NHL: Who Will Return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2011?

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NHL: Who Will Return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2011?
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Every year, 16 NHL teams get a chance to compete for hockey's prized Stanley Cup.

At the same time, 14 teams go home for the summer and wonder what could have been.

This slideshow will take a look at the 14 teams that missed the Stanley Cup playoffs in the 2009-2010 season. We'll look at the new faces on each team and the key players who are returning. We'll also see if any departures will hurt any of the teams in contention.

Each team will receive a rating on how likely they are to make the 2011 playoffs. A low rating indicates that the team will probably miss the playoffs again, a mixed rating means that the team is on the fence, and a high rating means the team will likely be back in the playoffs next year.

Please note: When looking at the new additions, we will only look at key additions rather than each and every signing for the teams featured in this piece.


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