Preds, Sharks will duke it out for Western crown
Nashville Predators The Predators rode out injuries to Jason Arnott and Tomas Vokoun, among others, to emerge as the NHL's top team at the break after an 8-2 run. Deep on defense and bigger and more potent up front, the Preds are quietly now the team to beat in the West.
First-half surprises: The play of netminding understudy Chris Mason, who is 20-8-2 and leads the league with a .930 save percentage.
Second-half questions: A season ago, GM David Poile gave ...
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