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Who's the favorite? The roles have changed out West

Updated: May 10, 2007, 7:47 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

DETROIT -- This is the hockey witching hour.

The moments before a playoff series begins, when teams are dissected and probed and prodded from beyond the dressing room walls, those teams do their best to gird themselves against all of the words and voices that swirl around.

Teams see themselves as they want to be seen, not how others seem them, and do whatever it takes to maintain that illusion.

But, on the even of the conference finals, as much as the Detroit Red Wings and Anaheim ...

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