NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs and 7 Teams That Will Surprise You in 2011-2012

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NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs and 7 Teams That Will Surprise You in 2011-2012
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The 2011-2012 NHL season seems primed and ready to surprise. If the playoffs started today odds-on Cup favorites such as the Boston Bruins, San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks wouldn't make the cut while the Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Islanders would.

While we are only a small percentage of games into the year, it seems that rebuilds are finally starting to pay off around the NHL, while hangovers and sudden expectations are plaguing squads like the Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets.

Scattered among the 30 teams are a few dark horses to make the push toward the Stanley Cup playoffs. Don't look now, but these teams may be ready to emerge to make some noise over the course of the season. 

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