NHL Predictions 2012: 4 Big Teams That Will Miss Playoffs

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NHL Predictions 2012: 4 Big Teams That Will Miss Playoffs
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The 2011-2012 NHL season should be one of the closest we've ever seen. The salary cap has done the job it was supposed to, and created parity around the league.  It truly is an "any given Sunday" type atmosphere these days.

And that makes picking who will and who won't make the playoffs a tough job. But, just as some of these teams must go home earlier than expected, someone has got to do it.

Some teams have their season on youth taking the next step. Others are counting on a new goaltender or center to carry the team to the promised land. But only 16 teams can get in. Here are four squads that I just don't see making the cut.

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