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NHL playoff preview: Breaking down the first-round matchups
NHL playoff preview: Breaking down the first-round matchups

One season under the NHL’s realigned conference setup probably was enough for Eastern teams to veto future additions from the West. The Detroit Red Wings and Columbus Blue Jackets, who moved from the West to the East before this season, won their new conference’s two wild-card playoff berths. The Red Wings will make their 23rd consecutive postseason appearance, and the Blue Jackets will make their second appearance in franchise history. First place in the East — and overall — went to the Boston Bruins, with the Ducks winning the No. 1 spot in the West. Under the new playoff format, the division winner with the best record in each conference will play the wild-card...

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