Many people expected a highly anticipated run-and-gun series between the Colorado Avalanche and Chicago Blackhawks in the second round, but the Minnesota Wild had other plans.
With a remarkable Game 7 where they came back four times to tie the game before winning it all in overtime, the Wild made a statement entering the second round.
They will not be pushed around.
Chicago vs. Minnesota may not be the matchup that many wanted to see, but it has its own intriguing aspects. Both are armed with top-flight defenders in Duncan Keith and Ryan Suter. Snipers like Zach Parise, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Matt Moulson will be battling, and watching Ilya Bryzgalov in goal is always tough to turn away from.
Click through for information on some key aspects of the Central Division title series and a prediction on how it will turn out.