NHL Predictions 2011-12: 5 Playoff Teams Who Won't Be Back This Year

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NHL Predictions 2011-12: 5 Playoff Teams Who Won't Be Back This Year
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Another NHL offseason is in the books. Some teams will enter the 2011-12 season better than they were in 2010-11, others will enter worse. 

Of course, the ultimate prize—the Stanley Cup—is not won or lost during June, July and August. While pundits and analysts can try to "predict" what will happen, those predictions are shots in the dark. No one really knows what will happen when the puck hits the ice and the regular season begins—injuries, breakout seasons, momentum shifts and more. 

But, since hockey has not yet returned, why not take a few shots in the dark? Here are five playoff teams from 2010-11 that might not make it back in 2011-12. 

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