First-round breakdown: Ducks vs. Stars

Updated: April 7, 2008, 3:00 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

This might be the most difficult matchup of the eight first-round series, and not just because it features the defending Stanley Cup champion Ducks. Most observers believe Anaheim will cruise through to at least the Western Conference finals as it has the past two springs. And why not? The Ducks are on a 20-5-1 roll since Teemu Selanne returned to the lineup. Only Detroit recorded more home wins than the Ducks' 27.

But not so fast, folks. Despite a miserable 4-8-2 run up to the playoffs, ...

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