NHL Preview: 5 Underestimated Teams Heading into the 2011-12 Season

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NHL Preview: 5 Underestimated Teams Heading into the 2011-12 Season
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With the season a few days away fans, media and all the talking heads are busy making their predictions for the 2011-2012 NHL season. We all know the favorites by now.

Nobody is going to be surprised by the Bruins, Canucks, Red Wings, Capitals, Sharks, Blackhawks and their ilk. Big things are expected out of the league's front-runners.

But what about the teams that nobody is really talking about? The teams that have been down and everyone just assumes will stay that way.

It would be easy to say the 16 teams that made the playoffs this year are going to again.

Since that rarely ever happens it is safe to say there are some teams that are being underestimated will make it.

Who are those teams?

Here are five teams that are being underestimated this season and could end up making some noise during the 2011-2012 NHL campaign.

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