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LAST SEASON: 47-25-10, 104 points. Lost to San Jose 4-3 in conference semifinals.

COACH: Mike Babcock, 7th season with Red Wings, 304-126-62; 9th overall, 373-188-95 in NHL.

ADDED: D Mike Commodore, D Ian White, D Garnet Exelby, RW Chris Conner, G Ty Conklin.

LOST: D Brian Rafalski, D Derek Meech, G Chris Osgood, C Kris Draper, C Mike Modano.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Jimmy Howard. After winning 37 games in 63 appearances in goal last season, Howard will be looked upon to get the veteran Red Wings deep into the playoffs the way the recently retired Chris Osgood did.


LAST SEASON: 44-27-11, 99 points. Lost to Vancouver 4-2 in conference semifinals.

COACH: Barry Trotz, 13th season with Predators, 455-398-131; 13th overall in NHL.

ADDED: D Brett Lebda, LW Robert Slaney, RW Niclas Bergfors, C Kyle Wilson, RW Zack Stortini, D Tyler Sloan, D Jack Hillen.

LOST: D Cody Franson, C Matthew Lombardi, C Marcel Goc, LW Steve Sullivan, RW Joel Ward, RW J.P. Dumont, D Shane O’Brien.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Shea Weber. The star defenseman was awarded $7.5 for this season after being taken to arbitration by Nashville. That marked the highest arbitration award in NHL history and made Weber the fifth-highest paid defenseman. Weber, who had 48 points in 82 games last season, can be a restricted free agent next summer.


LAST SEASON: 44-29-9, 97 points. Lost to Vancouver 4-3 in first round.

COACH: Joel Quenneville, 4th season with Blackhawks, 141-73-28; 15th overall, 579-356-146 in NHL.

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