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Brad Marchand

What we learned in the NHL last week

What we learned in the NHL last week

Lessons from the last week of NHL play:

• It's time for East-based awards voters to stay up late to see why Drew Doughty of the Kings deserves the Norris Trophy, given to the league's top defenseman. Doughty keeps the "defense" in defenseman, which should count more than it has in recent seasons. Doughty has played more than 29 minutes in six consecutive games, and the Kings are 5-0-1 in that span. He ranks second on the team in assists (12) and points (16), is plus-11 defensively while making good reads at both ends, and his average ice time of 27:35 is second in the NHL. He's got a strong case.

• Vancouver forward Brandon Prust really doesn't like...