Early Favorites and Dark Horses to Win Each NHL Division

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Early Favorites and Dark Horses to Win Each NHL Division
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The Chicago Blackhawks have avoided the dreaded Stanley Cup hangover and are in a position to determine their own fate in the 2013-14 regular season.

That may not seem like a big deal, but the last time they won the Stanley Cup in 2010, they struggled badly in the regular season and needed help on the final day just to earn a playoff spot.

This year, the Blackhawks are favorites to win the Central Division of the Western Conference.

In this piece we look at a favorite and a dark horse in each of the four divisions, and explain how they could find a way to end the season at the top of their respective divisions.

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