First-round breakdown: Ducks vs. Stars
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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2008 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 Montreal vs. No. 8 Boston
• No. 2 Pittsburgh vs. No. 7 Ottawa
• No. 3 Washington vs. No. 6 Philadelphia
• No. 4 New Jersey vs. No. 5 New York Rangers
• Vote: What are your first-round picks?