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Teams with much of the same roster that they had last year, as well as clubs with lots of playoff experience, will benefit from the shortened season.
These teams include:
1) San Jose Sharks: Didn't make major changes, the core group will return and the team is comfortable with head coach Todd McLellan's system.
2) Los Angeles Kings: No key departures, and they will benefit from the time off after a short summer.
3) Boston Bruins: A strong coaching staff returns, and for the second straight summer, general manager Peter Chiarelli does not make huge adjustments to his roster.
4) New York Rangers: Without a full training camp, Rick Nash might take some time to settle in, but the Rangers won't play any differently than they did last year.
5) St. Louis Blues: With almost a full season in head coach Ken Hitchcock's system, the Blues will once again be a Presidents' Trophy contender.
6) Vancouver Canucks: A few roster changes won't prevent the Canucks from winning the Western Conference again. They are one of the most balanced teams in the league.
7) Chicago Blackhawks: Head coach Joel Quenneville returns, and so does the core group of stars.
These contenders don't have many new star players who need time to adjust to a different system. Each team has the same head coach as last season, and the core group of players has not changed much at all.
These teams know their identity and will be able to adapt well to the shortened schedule.