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1. VANCOUVER CANUCKS Last year?s Game 7 meltdown
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Last year’s Game 7 meltdown (and subsequent criminality by a few Vancouverites) shouldn’t erase what was a tremendous season for a team that basically returns intact, aside from losing Ehrhoff to free agency. Daniel and Henrik Sedin, Ryan Kesler, Kevin Bieksa, Alex Edler, Roberto Luongo — this team is still stacked.
(Credit: AP)

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NHL Western Conference preview 2011-12

After a very sad summer for the NHL and a preseason focus on head shots, concussions and suspensions, it’s time for the games again. We’ve got our 2011-12 Western Conference preview here for your reading and viewing enjoyment. Teams are listed in predicted order of finish in each conference.
By Arthur Staple