First-round breakdown: Ducks vs. Wild
The Ducks were denied their late bid to overhaul the Red Wings for the conference title and the Presidents' Trophy (they still ended up with 110 points), but they are an elite team that is both talented and well-coached. They also like to play it rough, leading the league in fighting majors.
Anaheim will face a Minnesota team that boasts its most talented lineup in its relatively short history. The Wild have overcome their early-season road woes, which will be crucial as they'll face a Ducks ...
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2007 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 Buffalo vs. No. 8 N.Y. Islanders
• No. 2 New Jersey vs. No. 7 Tampa Bay
• No. 3 Atlanta vs. No. 6 N.Y. Rangers
• No. 4 Ottawa vs. No. 5 Pittsburgh