First-round breakdown: Senators vs. Penguins
All eyes will be on Sidney Crosby and his band of young guns in their first NHL playoff competition. The Penguins matured well ahead of schedule and blazed a path to the playoffs behind Crosby, who won his first NHL scoring title, rookie of the year shoo-in Evgeni Malkin (85 points, nine more than Colorado's Paul Stastny) and Jordan Staal, who could earn a spot on the rookie ballot with his 29-goal performance and emergence as a top-notch penalty killer.
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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