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NHL teams poised for a second-half surge

John McCreary/Icon Sportswire

At the midpoint of the NHL season, teams are beginning to assess their chances of making the postseason and preparing to make decisions about whether to buy, sell or stand pat at the trade deadline.

While every team that is on the outside of the playoff race has some sort of shot at a comeback, certain clubs have a much better chance than others. Let's look at which teams have the best shot at unseating a current playoff team, and how they might make a push during the second half of the season.