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First Round Cheat Sheet
Western Conference Matchups

(1) Chicago vs. (8) Minnesota

-- Blackhawks 36-7-5, 77 points, 1st in Central
-- Wild 26-19-3, 55 points, 2nd in Northwest
-- Blackhawks won two of three meetings, only loss in SO
-- 'Under' cashed in two of three matchups
-- First ever meeting between teams in playoffs

(2) Anaheim vs. (7) Detroit

-- Ducks 30-12-6, 66 points, 1st in Pacific
-- Red Wings 24-16-8, 56 points, 3rd in Central
-- Red Wings won two of three meetings, road team won each time
-- 'Over' cashed in two of three matchups
-- Last met in '09 conference semifinals (Wings won 4-3)

(3) Vancouver vs. (6) San Jose

-- Canucks 26-15-7, 59 points, 1st in Northwest
-- Sharks 25-16-7, 57 points, 3rd in Pacific
-- Sharks swept season series, 3-0, including two wins by one goal
-- Total pushed twice, other meeting finished 'under'
-- Last met in '11 conference finals (Canucks won 4-1)

(4) St. Louis vs. (5) Los Angeles

-- Blues 29-17-2, 60 points, 2nd in Central
-- Kings 27-16-5, 59 points, 2nd in Pacific
-- Kings swept season series, 3-0, outscoring Blues, 14-7
-- 'Over' finished 2-0-1 in season series
-- Last met in '12 conference semifinals (Kings won 4-0)

Eastern Conference Matchups

(1) Pittsburgh vs. (8) N.Y. Islanders

-- Penguins 36-12-0, 72 points, 1st in Atlantic
-- Islanders 24-17-7, 55 points, 3rd in Atlantic
-- Penguins won four of five meetings
-- 'Over' cashed twice in five matchups (one 'push')
-- Last met in '93 division finals (Isles won 4-3)

(2) Montreal vs. (7) Ottawa

-- Canadiens 29-14-5, 63 points, 2nd in Northeast
-- Senators 25-17-6, 56 points, 4th in Northeast
-- Season series tied at 2-2, home team won each game
-- 'Over' cashed twice in four meetings
-- First ever meeting between teams in playoffs

(3) Washington vs. (6) N.Y. Rangers

-- Capitals 27-18-3, 57 points, 1st in Southeast
-- Rangers 26-18-4, 56 points, 2nd in Atlantic
-- Rangers won two of three meetings
-- Total pushed twice, while other matchup went 'under'
-- Last met in '12 conference semifinals (Rangers won 4-3)

(4) Boston vs. (5) Toronto

-- Bruins 28-14-6, 62 points, 1st in Northeast
-- Maple Leafs 26-17-5, 57 points, 3rd in Northeast
-- Bruins won season series, 3-1, three games decided by one goal
-- 'Under' finished 2-1-1 in four matchups
-- Last met in '74 quarterfinals (Bruins won 4-0)

  
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