First-round breakdown: Wings-Jackets

Updated: April 14, 2009, 7:01 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

History tells us it's almost impossible to repeat as Stanley Cup champions. That's how treacherous the playoff road is, how competitive the 16-team field is. But history also shows us the last team to accomplish the feat is this same Detroit Red Wings team. Well, not the same team, of course, that was back in 1997-98; but you get the drift.

History also tells us the top two seeds are never givens when it comes to the playoffs, especially this year in the Western Conference, where ...

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