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NHL preview: What you need to know about the Western Conference

NHL preview: What you need to know about the Western Conference

After the Kings and Chicago Blackhawks alternated as Stanley Cup champions for four seasons, the Cup left the Western Conference and landed in Pittsburgh. The Kings, Blackhawks and defending West champion San Jose Sharks should contend for the top spot in the conference again this season, but they will be pushed by the Nashville Predators, who acquired dynamic defenseman P.K. Subban from Montreal, as well as the young Edmonton Oilers, the Arizona Coyotes, and the goaltending-deep Calgary Flames. 

Here are the big questions in the Western Conference leading into the season:

Can the Sharks win the West again?

After ranking third in the Pacific...

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