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Willie Mitchell

NHL preview: Five questions in the West

NHL preview: Five questions in the West

1. Can the Kings repeat as Stanley Cup champions? No one has done it since the Red Wings in 1997 and '98. The Kings stayed intact, minus free-agent defenseman Willie Mitchell, while many West rivals improved. But with a full season from experienced winger Marian Gaborik and with young Tyler Toffoli poised for a breakout season, the Kings should make a serious repeat bid. 2. What did the Sharks learn from their playoff loss to the Kings? The Sharks made some noise but made no major changes after blowing a 3-0 series lead. As always, they have talent. They're missing heart and leadership. Again, they look better on paper than on the ice. 3. Will Brad Richards be the No. 2...