NHL Predictions: The 16 Postseason Teams of 2011-12

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NHL Predictions: The 16 Postseason Teams of 2011-12
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The NHL postseason is the finest tournament in professional sports. 

No game or group of athletes can hold a candle to the two-month war of attrition that is the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It is one of if not the most demanding competitions of the big four North American sports.

Getting there is no picnic either.

With an 82-game season, the league has ample opportunity to shake the unworthy hangers-on from the upper branches of the playoff tree. While there is room for great upsets, there are no great flukes.

The season is long, and injuries can turn a good team upside down. Predicting playoff teams at this point is a bit of a stretch.

So let's throw darts in a dark room, shall we?

The 16 playoff teams of the 2011-12 NHL season, at the jump:

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