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NHL teams finding it tough to repeat as elite

Updated: February 6, 2013, 5:12 PM ET
Associated Press

They made up three teams of the NHL's version of the final four last season.

This season, the Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers and Phoenix Coyotes are playing like teams that won't get to enjoy the final round of the conference playoffs. All three teams have failed to build on their postseason runs of a year ago -- and sky-high preseason expectations. The Kings, the defending Stanley Cup champions, and the Rangers wouldn't even make the playoffs at this rate. And amid complicated ownership ...

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