First-round breakdown: Red Wings vs. Flames
There is no such thing as a soft touch in the ultra-competitive Western Conference, and there are many who think the Flames are a good match for the Red Wings, who hit the 100-point mark for the seventh straight regular season.
The Flames backed into the playoffs when the hard-charging Colorado Avalanche lost Saturday to Nashville, negating what would have been a winner-take-all showdown Sunday night. The streaky Flames entered Sunday's meaningless game with Colorado having lost three straight ...
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2007 NHL PLAYOFFS
After a wild race to the finish, the NHL playoffs are set. Heading into Wednesday's opening night, Scott Burnside previews the first round:
• No. 1 Buffalo vs. No. 8 N.Y. Islanders
• No. 2 New Jersey vs. No. 7 Tampa Bay
• No. 3 Atlanta vs. No. 6 N.Y. Rangers
• No. 4 Ottawa vs. No. 5 Pittsburgh