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Second-round preview: Blackhawks vs. Wild

Minnesota and Chicago have plenty of recent playoff history, but this version of the Wild poses an entirely different challenge for the Blackhawks.

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Custance: Game 7 keys for the Lightning

In forcing a Game 7, the Lightning have an opportunity to skip the painful steps that many young teams endure. Craig Custance explains how they do it.

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NHL playoffs: Second-round schedule

With just one first-round series to be decided, the schedule for the second round of the playoffs has been released.

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Cooper on Kronwall hit/potential discipline: "Kuch [Kucherov] is going to be fine. That's all that really matters."

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av says he expects keith yandle to practice tomorrow; also says kevin klein "looked good...told me on the ice he felt good" #nyr

Blackhawks-Wild Game 1 on Friday

Chicago will host Minnesota for Game 1 of the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET. They met in the second round last season, and the Blackhawks came out on top 4-2.

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GM Jim Rutherford: "We fell short of our goal. We fell short of our expectations. Now we have to move forward."

Anaheim Ducks @AnaheimDucks

DET: 1 4/30 at 7 pm (h) 2 5/3 at 7 pm (h) 3 5/6 at 6:30 pm (a) 4 5/8 at 6:30 pm (a) 5* 5/10 TBD (h) 6* 5/12 TBD (a) 7* 5/14 TBD (h)