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First-round preview: Hawks-Wild

Updated: April 30, 2013, 4:46 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

In spite of the Chicago Blackhawks' status as runaway winners of the Western Conference and their place as Presidents' Trophy winners as top team in the NHL, the Western Conference is fraught with potential trap doors.

The lone exception to the trap-door theory might be the Minnesota Wild, who limped into the playoffs after being clobbered at home in the second-to-last game of the regular season by lowly Edmonton and needing a victory over Columbus in the season finale to earn their first ...

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