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Who will win NHL’s new divisions?

Globe hockey writers’ predictions who this year’s top teams will be.

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FLUTO SHINZAWA

  • East: Detroit over Pittsburgh — Jimmy Howard (right) more reliable than Marc-Andre-Fleury.

  • West: Chicago over San Jose — Too much firepower at all positions.

  • Final: Chicago — Longtime West rivals meet again. Chicago’s Swedes (Niklas Hjalmarsson, Johnny Oduya, Marcus Kruger) better than Detroit’s.


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AMALIE BENJAMIN

  • East: Boston over Detroit — Alfie’s choice, good. Iginla’s (right) choice, better.

  • West: Chicago over LA — Toews and Kane and Crawford. Oh my.

  • Final: Chicago — Time to start the dynasty talk. Heartbreak in Boston, again.

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KEVIN PAUL DUPONT

  • East: Bruins over Red Wings — Daniel Alfredsson weeps, unable to explain why he signed with Detroit over Boston.

  • West:: Kings over Blackhawks — Anze Kopitar (right) and crew pick feast on the banquet platter that is Corey Crawford’s glove.

  • Final: Bruins — Conn Smythe winner Loui Eriksson insists Cup parade loops in at last three IKEA stores.

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