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From the Pressbox: Top Lines & Pairings - Western Conference

Paul Bruno

Paul Bruno

Paul is a 22-year veteran of the STATS INC reporter network, scoring play by play for the Blue Jays and Maple Leafs. He is also the creator of the statistical platform which evolved into the NHL's Real Time Scoring System, which was unveiled in 1992. You can also hear him on XM Sirius and, talking hockey and baseball.In addition to all of Toronto's teams, he is also a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys.

This week we continue your fantasy pool preparations by looking at the top two lines and defense pairs, as well as the goalie situations for each team in the Western Conference. We'll also through in a note about each club's resident tough guy, for those pools that may reward penalty minutes or fights.

Central Division

Chicago - The defending champs will be a tough out once again because they have amassed depth at each position. Captain Jonathan Toews will anchor one of the NHL's most feared forward lines, between Patrick Kane and emerging power forward Bryan Bickell. The second line will feature Marian Hossa and Patrick Shaw on the wings. The Hawks will give young Andrew Shaw (10 g. 17 a) a change to unseat Michal Handzus for that second center slot. Brandon Saad ((10 g, 7 a) is a quality young prospect who may push his way into top six minutes. The deep veteran defense returns intact, with Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook locked in as the top pair,

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