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First-round breakdown: Sharks vs. Predators

Updated: April 19, 2006, 4:38 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

On paper, this looks like one of the biggest mismatches of the first round. The Predators have home-ice advantage, but that might be the only thing going for them as they begin their second playoff series in franchise history.

Top netminder Tomas Vokoun is gone for the season with a blood disorder. Top offensive contributors Steve Sullivan (groin) and defenseman Marek Zidlicky (shoulder) are out and their return is unknown. And they're facing arguably the hottest team in the NHL, featuring ...

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