Preview and Prediction for Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild Playoff Matchup

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Preview and Prediction for Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild Playoff Matchup
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The opening round of the Western Conference playoffs will feature a matchup between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Minnesota Wild.

This is the first time that these two clubs have ever met in the postseason.

The Blackhawks last qualified for the playoffs last year and have now reached the postseason five straight seasons. They won the Stanley Cup in 2010 and many players from that club remain on Chicago's roster.

Last season, Chicago was ousted in the first round of the playoffs by the Phoenix Coyotes in six games.

The Wild, on the other hand, have reached the playoffs for the first time since 2008. In their last appearance, they were ousted in the opening round of the playoffs in six games by the Colorado Avalanche.

Despite the fact that this is a 1-vs.-8 matchup, it has the potential to be a very interesting playoff series.

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