Plenty of questions in second half

Playoff races, trade possibilities among most intriguing 2014 storylines

Originally Published: December 18, 2013
By Katie Strang | ESPNNewYork.com

Considering that last year at this time the threat of losing an entire NHL season was legitimate, we're counting our blessings to have witnessed an excellent year of hockey in 2013.

As we close the book on the first half of the season, here are 10 storylines we'll be following in the new year:

1. Which team will come out on top in the Western Conference? The Chicago Blackhawks are certainly making the possibility of back-to-back Stanley Cup championships look good, with yet another ...

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