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Helene Elliott's NHL team-by-team preview
Helene Elliott's NHL team-by-team preview

Will the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins meet in the Stanley Cup finals for a third straight spring, or will the San Jose Sharks find the gumption to match their talent? There's no consensus winner in either conference, mostly because even the elite teams have issues after the summer's free-agent scramble. The Red Wings lost Marian Hossa to an astonishing 12-year, $62.8-million contract from the Blackhawks, but shoulder surgery will delay his Chicago debut until late November. The Blackhawks lost goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin to free agency, leaving them to rely on Cristobal Huet to continue their remarkable rise from the NHL graveyard. The champion Penguins lost two...

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