NHL Predictions: 10 Teams That Will Compete for the 2012 Stanley Cup

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NHL Predictions: 10 Teams That Will Compete for the 2012 Stanley Cup
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With the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs coming to a close this week, it's now time to look ahead to next season, and consider which teams have the best shot of finishing on top in a year's time.  

There are a few teams that are consistently among the league's best in the regular season, who must be considered contenders entering the 2011-12 campaign, but as this year's postseason proved, the playoffs are unpredictable.  

In addition, a number of the league's best teams will likely look very different come opening night, as salary cap constraints and unrestricted free agency will force some teams to make adjustments to their rosters during the summer months.  

With that in mind, here is a look at the top 10 teams that will contend for the Stanley Cup in 2012.  

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