Ranking the 10 Biggest Stanley Cup Pretenders in the NHL

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Ranking the 10 Biggest Stanley Cup Pretenders in the NHL
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It takes a significant amount of success in the NHL in order for a team to be considered a Stanley Cup contender, but it's not hard for a team to be considered a Stanley Cup pretender.

There are a number of teams around the National Hockey League whose 2011-12 season have gotten off to a solid start, but there's a reason the NHL season is 82 games.

It's going to take more than just a good first half of the season and a number of good bounces for teams to be considered contenders.

Some teams, who were apparently overhyped prior to the season, were immediately considered Stanley Cup pretenders due to instant lack of success after possibly being contenders before the start of the 2011-12 season.

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