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Stanley Cup Playoffs: Monday's Need To Know

06/24/2013 01:27 EDT | Updated 08/24/2013 05:12 EDT
The Stanley Cup is in the building. The hallowed trophy will be on the premises for the first time in the final as the surging Chicago Blackhawks look to win the championship on the road for the second time in four years, this time at TD Garden in Boston on Monday night (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7:30 p.m. ET).

Stay up to date with all the news and notes from around the NHL with this list, which will be updated throughout the day:

- The big question is whether top centremen Patrice Bergeron will play. It is still not clear what ailment Bergeron suffered that forced him to leave Game 6 in an ambulance. Bergeron was not present at Boston's Monday morning skate but Claude Julien said he was "confident" Bergeron will play. If not, veteran Jay Pandolfo and Jordan Caron will skate in the warmups as replacement options.

- There seems to be no doubt Jonathan Toews will play, despite getting clocked by Johnny Boychuk in the last game. Toews was on the ice for Chicago's morning skate, and both he and coach Joel Quenneville said everything's a go for Game 6.

- Stat roundup: Chicago was in this very position in 2010 and took advantage, beating Philadelphia in Game 6 to raise the Cup … Boston was in this very position in 2011 and didn't fret, winning the last two series games to beat Vancouver in seven … The team winning Game 5 of a best-of-seven Stanley Cup final to go up 3-2 have gone on to win the Cup 68 per cent of the time (15 of 22) ... Teams that have an opportunity to win it all in Game 6 of the final are 7-7 over the last quarter-century.

- The Bruins are calm, partly because they've been in this situation before. Captain Zdeno Chara could reasonably be expected to come out hard after a subpar outing in Game 5. Forwards Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin are running out of time to get going, while Jaromir Jagr — creating more chances than most Bruins — faces the prospect of going 0-for-the-playoffs in goals.

- You can watch Game 6 on Hockey Night in Canada on CBC and CBCSports.ca beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET. You can take part in our chat, which includes the game stream, at 8 p.m.

- We finish with what we started win. Some background on the "Keepers of the Cup."

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