06/11/2013 01:23 EDT | Updated 08/10/2013 05:12 EDT

Stanley Cup Stories: Sizing Up Blackhawks, Bruins

The countdown continues. Two squads boasting an abundance of championship pedigree continued to prepare as the Stanley Cup final approaches, and the Edmonton Oilers hope they've found the right man to guide them in their playoff quest going forward. All of that and more in Monday's Stanley Cup stories.

1. Have you ever wondered what makes up a championship team? The Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins would be great examples to start your research. The two clubs have combined to win two of the last three Stanley Cups — Chicago in 2009-10 and Boston the following season. senior hockey writer Tim Wharnsby talks about how both squads still have key components from their respective Cup-winning campaigns. The Bruins also have the luxury of the post-season's leading scorer David Krejci, who has quietly helped propel them to the final. Game 1 kicks off Wednesday night (CBC,, 8 p.m. ET).

2. Two Original Six teams are squaring off for Lord Stanley's Mug. That ought to whet any hockey fan's appetite. But not including the teams' woes on the power play, plenty of interesting storylines underline the Cup final. Wharnsby provides 10 tidbits that connect the two franchises you may — or may not have — known. Can you name two former Windsor Spitfires defencemen who have won the Cup as a coach? You'll have to click here to find out.

3. From two teams already constructed to contend for the Cup to a young club hoping it's got the right pieces in place to get to the playoffs, and beyond next year. The youthful Edmonton Oilers have annointed Dallas Eakins their man behind the bench, hiring the former Toronto Marlies coach to lead them into next season. The hiring also continued a recent trend of former AHL bench bosses getting their shot with NHL clubs. Hockey Night in Canada's Elliotte Friedman joined Hockey Night in Canada Radio on SiriusXM Monday to discuss the reasons why the Oilers decided to bring Eakins on board. Hockey Night Online host Rob Pizzo and analyst Mark Osborne also weighed in and talked about why the hire is a good move for the Edmonton franchise.

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