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NHL Playoffs: Fresh Faces Make for Great Western Conference Matchups

Published by on April 13, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NHL

People thought I was crazy when I picked the Dallas Stars to miss the playoffs, while having both the Chicago Blackhawks and the Columbus Blue Jackets (who haven't ever made the playoffs in team history) to make the playoffs prior to the 2008-09 NHL regular season.

However, as we sit here today at the end of the 82-game campaign and await the playoffs, the Blue-Jackets playing in the postseason isn't the only out of the box pick that has come true.

The Chicago Blackhawks, who had fallen on a hard times over the past few seasons, return to the playoffs for the first time since 2001-2002 season. This year, the Blackhawks are backed by young stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, as well as being back-stopped by a form...

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