NHL Predictions 2011-12: 6 Dark-Horse Stanley Cup Candidates

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NHL Predictions 2011-12: 6 Dark-Horse Stanley Cup Candidates
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Why talk about the same powerhouse teams making a run for the Stanley Cup every year when we all already know everything there is to know about them? The Sharks are good but they choke, the Capitals need to be more playoff ready, is Sidney Crosby ready to play? The Red Wings are too old, and on and on 

It's far more fun and interesting to spark a conversation about the fringe teams that look poised to ruin those powerhouse teams' dreams and skate away with the Cup in 2012. Last year, the Boston Bruins looked good, but they didn't look like Stanley Cup winners. In the NHL as long as you make it into the playoffs, you're team has a pretty good chance of going the distance—it's been proven time and time again.

Check out the Top 3 candidates from each conference to make a major push for glory.

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