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NHL’s West Gets Stronger

Sports PhotoWith the dust mostly settled on recent flurry of major trades and signings in the NHL, there’s no clear winner. However, the Western Conference collectively walked away with more weapons, making an already fierce competition even tougher. Complete Story

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Stanley Cup Finals: It’s the Kings’ to Lose

Sports PhotoGame 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals is over and the Los Angeles Kings have a 2-0 lead on the New York Rangers. SC’s Andrew Jones looks at the journey of these two somewhat unexpected finalists and gives his prediction for how it will all end. Complete Story

Ousted NHL Contenders Face Summer Upheaval

Sports PhotoThe San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Boston Bruins all considered themselves Stanley Cup contenders. But after stunning defeats, each team faces a summer of uncertainty. SC’s Mike Chen takes a closer look. Complete Story

Can Teams Replicate the Avalanche’s Success?

Sports PhotoA year after being bottom-feeders, the Colorado Avalanche are among the elite in the West. Teams like Edmonton and Buffalo are taking notes to see if they can recreate Colorado’s magic formula. Complete Story

Contenders Face Early Exits in New NHL Playoff Format

Sports PhotoFollowing the NHL’s divisional realignment, a new division-focused format was announced for the playoffs. But while this format emphasizes divisional rivalries, it creates the potential for a highly skewed first round — and teams in strong divisions will be punished because of it. Complete Story

Five Questions For the NHL’s Second Half

Sports PhotoWith the Olympic hockey tournament heading into its final stages, it’s time to look ahead to the remainder of the NHL season. What are the biggest questions as the NHL resumes? SC’s Mike Chen takes a look. Complete Story

Will NHL Overkill its Outdoor Game Plan?

Sports PhotoThe NHL just expanded its outdoor game schedule from just the Winter Classic to six total games all over North America. SC’s Mike Chen asks: will this trend continue or will the NHL burn out its golden goose? Complete Story

What Will Steven Stamkos Do Now?

Sports PhotoJust two weeks after suffering a broken leg, Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos is walking around without crutches or a cast. With this accelerated timetable, his options open up, but his risks become greater. Complete Story

Bad Starts Don’t Always Sink a Season

Sports PhotoA handful of teams are starting the NHL season behind the pack. For fans of the Philadelphia Flyers, Edmonton Oilers, Buffalo Sabres, and others, is the season over before it really began? SC’s Mike Chen says there’s still time — about two months before it’s time to throw in the towel. Complete Story

Why the Coyotes May Finally Work

Sports PhotoWhen the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes became official, it seemed too surreal to believe. But on the cusp of the 2013-14 season, they have the one ingredient long missing from the franchise: stability. Complete Story

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