Plenty of talented NHL teams out West

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By Helene Elliott
Los Angeles Times

October 6, 2010

Seven of the NHL’s top 10 teams last season came from the West, including the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

The West should be competitive at a high level again this season. If the Detroit Red Wings avoid injuries, they could be better than last season’s No. 5 seeding. The Kings and St. Louis Blues are on the rise. Perennial power San Jose has reloaded after defenseman Rob Blake retired and goaltender Evgeni Nabokov left as a free agent.

Here are some stories to watch for:

Break up the Blackhawks!

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