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Stanley Cup Playoffs: Wednesday's Need To Know

05/22/2013 01:12 EDT | Updated 07/22/2013 05:12 EDT
The second round of the NHL playoffs ends Wednesday night. Will it be the Red Wings or the Blackhawks who face off against the Kings in the Western final?

Stay up to date with all the latest news from that Game 7 — which you can see on Hockey Night In Canada (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7:30 p.m. ET) — and around the league with this list of things you need to know, which will be updated throughout the day:

- It's been said many times, but the Stanley Cup playoffs are a marathon that features a series of sprints. Game 7 will be no different for the 'Hawks and Red Wings, and both will be looking for their "miracle mile" tonight.

- The Rolling Stones were in the Madhouse on Madison on Tuesday night, but the crowd could be even louder for Wednesday's Game 7 in Chicago, especially if the 'Hawks can give their fans some satisfaction.

- While still on the topic of music and hockey, it seems a blast from the past was holding up the timing of the East final. I guess the NHL just had to take its scheduling … "Step By Step." (OK, sorry, I'll stop now.)

- You can see all the schedule scenarios for the East and West finals here.

- It appears Chicago will roll with the same players and line combinations for tonight (if it ain't broke…).

- As Tim Wharnsby writes, the East final between the Bruins and Penguins will feature a member of the latest generation of the NHL's most famous families.

- The Rangers moved quickly after their five-game exit at the hands of the Bruins, firing coach John Tortorella. Did it have something to do with this Henrik Lundqvist's statement? Either way, Gerry Dee thinks he knows how Tortorella is leaving town.

- This photo of Kings goalie Jonathan Quick after his team's Game 7 win should be accompanied by this sound. Or these. Especially after this incredible save.

- Since the defending champs made it past the Sharks, it's clear that no team is ever satisfied lifting the Stanley Cup just once.

- Let's all just let the Sharks' Logan Couture cool off.

- Maybe he can grab a slice with Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Habs fan.

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