NHL Playoffs 2013: Complete Preview and Prediction for Every 2nd-Round Series

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NHL Playoffs 2013: Complete Preview and Prediction for Every 2nd-Round Series
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One round, eight series and 47 hard-fought games are in the books for the 2013 NHL playoffs.

Only eight of the league's original 30 teams are still standing at the Tuesday kickoff of the conference semifinals.

Both regular-season conference champions and decisive Stanley Cup favorites remain in play, but the rest of the field consists of a dense, competitive group of dark horses and lower seeds. Of course, with six of the past seven Cup winners entering the playoffs seeded second or lower, those little numbers may be all but insignificant.

Will the revenge for Erik Karlsson's Achilles injury come at last? Will the Boston Bruins' incredible Monday night comeback carry over into the second round? Will the Chicago Blackhawks continue their dominance of their heated rivals from Detroit? Which California Cinderella will emerge from the Pacific Coast this spring?

A complete preview of all four second-round series, along with our far-from-scientific predictions, lies on the coming slides.

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