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“Obviously we know how good they are, and we know the season that they’ve had and we know the challenge that it is,” Yeo said. “We just have to make sure that we’re focused on ourselves.”

And about that Presidents’ Trophy.

The team with the most regular-season points has been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in three of the past four years. San Jose was bounced by Anaheim in 2009, and Washington lost to Montreal three years ago. Vancouver lost to Boston in the finals in 2011, then was eliminated by Los Angeles in the first round last season.

The Kings were the eighth seed in the West when they stormed to the Cup last year, and now the Wild are hoping for a repeat performance.

“I think we should be going into these playoffs knowing that anything can happen,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “We’re very respectful for our opponent. When we look at their lines and look at their lineup, it’s a dangerous team. But I’m going to be concentrating on what we have to do.”


AP Sports Writer Dave Campbell in St. Paul, Minn., contributed to this report.


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