NHL Playoffs: Top 5 Teams Poised for a Stanley Cup Run

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NHL Playoffs: Top 5 Teams Poised for a Stanley Cup Run
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Jonathan Toews lifts the Stanley Cup

As the NHL approaches the final stretch of the regular season, teams are gearing up and preparing themselves for a physical, draining gauntlet better known as the Stanley Cup Playoffs. At this point in the season it is becoming clear who has the best chances at making a run to the Cup.

The NHL Trade Deadline has come and gone and teams are now turning their full attention to the playoffs.

The following five teams pose the best chance at capturing glory and becoming immortalized on the Holy Grail of hockey, the Stanley Cup.

To be successful in the playoffs, it is generally believed that being strong down the middle is the key way to go. While there is no one strategy that cements your chances, it becomes clear throughout the season which teams are built for the playoffs.

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