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Breaking down each division, team
National Hockey League

Breaking down each division, team

Published Jan. 15, 2013 12:00 a.m. ET

Welcome to's one-stop hub for NHL preview content for the 2013 season. Each division preview has a team-by-team breakdown for the lockout-shortened season.



Teams: Los Angeles Kings, Phoenix Coyotes, Dallas Stars, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks.


Biggest story: The Los Angeles Kings will try to defend their first Stanley Cup title.

Click here for a complete Pacific Division preview.

Want more?: Kings find place in busy LA sports scene; What makes Coyotes star goalie Smith tick?; At age 42, Ducks' Selanne a true pro; Stars captain Morrow fit to lead; Sharks prepped for season sprint.


Teams: Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Nashville Predators, Columbus Blue Jackets.

Biggest story: Can the storied Detroit franchise make the playoffs after longtime captain Nick Lidstrom retired?

Click here for a complete Central Division preview.

Want more?: Zetterberg a Wings captain of a different breed; Five reasons Blues will raise the Cup; Rinne wants every game in net for Preds; Blue Jackets know every game is key.


Teams: Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota Wild, Colorado Avalanche, Vancouver Canucks.

Biggest story: All eyes are on Minnesota, which made the biggest offseason splash by acquiring free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.

Click here for a complete Northwest Division preview.

Want more?: More to Wild than new stars Parise, Suter.



Teams: New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins.

Biggest story: Will the league's biggest star, Sidney Crosby, stay healthy enough to lead the Penguins to a long playoff run?

Click here for a complete Atlantic Division preview.

Want more?: Flyers name Giroux new captain; Veteran Salvador named Devils captain; Healthy Crosby ready to catch fire for Pens.


Teams: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs.

Biggest story: Two years removed from winning a Stanley Cup behind goalie Tim Thomas, Tuukka Rask takes over the Bruins' net with Thomas on a personal hiatus.

Click here for a complete Northeast Division preview.

Want more?: Report: Subban, Habs not close to deal; Sabres goalie Miller calls lockout a 'waste of time.'


Teams: Washington Capitals, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Winnipeg Jets, Carolina Hurricanes.

Biggest story: Can a new coach (Adam Oates) bring out the best in star Alex Ovechkin?

Click here for a complete Southeast Division preview.

Want more?: Staal bros. more than a feel-good story for Carolina; Lightning GM Yzerman took chance on goalie Lindback; Panthers gunning for Stanley Cup.


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