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NHL preview: Who's on the rise in Western Conference, and how will the Kings do?

NHL preview: Who's on the rise in Western Conference, and how will the Kings do?

The Edmonton Oilers’ return to the Stanley Cup playoffs last spring rekindled memories of their star-driven glory days.

Connor McDavid was everything he was advertised to be and more: He won the scoring title as the NHL’s only 100-point scorer and ran away with most-valuable-player honors.

He had support from emerging star Leon Draisaitl and goaltender Cam Talbot, among others. But how will the Oilers deal with the high expectations they’ve created?

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

Which other teams are on the rise in the West?

Coach Ken Hitchcock, back in Dallas, will use his defensive expertise...

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