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First-round breakdown: Hawks-Preds

Updated: April 17, 2010, 12:16 AM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

One could barely have matched up two more opposite franchises in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs than the Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators.

The home team is a league darling, a star-studded outfit with an appeal that has TV executives salivating for a long playoff run. It's also an Original Six club with a deep-rooted history and a recent market rejuvenation that has made Chicago the place to be again for hockey.

The challengers are from Music City, ...

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