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It's all happening. And it starts today. Will the Lightning shock the world and prevent the Blackhawks from furthering their dynasty?

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It all comes down to this.  82 regular season games.  3 rounds of best-of-seven playoffs.  2 teams remain and Lord Stanley's Cup is the prize.  Though your local club didn't make it this far, this is still an incredibly exciting time for all hockey fans as the best prove their mettle in this ultimate series.  While most teams are dreaming of next year, we still get to have NHL hockey in our lives potentially past the half-way point of June.  This promises to provide all the fireworks and drama hockey fans across the world have been looking forward to, and to continue to shape the dreams of aspiring youth players as they develop.  Get your popcorn, buckle up and enjoy the show.

For those of you who have not heard about our own Dakota Case, he is in the hospital suffering from heart and lung ailments.  He can use all of the prayers and positive vibes he can get.  We have heard that he is still in critical but stable condition and holding strong.  Please keep him in your thoughts.

We Walk:

Wild News

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#BecauseItsTheCup

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WX gives their preview of the final series of the season

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Craaaaaaaaaaaaawford, Craaaaaaaaaaaawford, Craaaaaaaaaaaawford vs. the Bish

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The Stanley Cup Final is set. Here is your complete schedule and TV listings.

Stanley Cup Final odds: Blackhawks favored to beat Lightning - CBSSports.com
The oddsmakers say the Chicago Blackhawks are favored to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning for the Stanley Cup. Jonathan Toews is also the favorite to win the Conn Smythe as playoffs MVP.

What We Learned: Tampa Bay Lightning's secret weapon | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: The fact that Hedman is still only 24, and that Stralman won't be 29 until Aug. 1, should be a major concern for everyone in the league over the next three or four years.

Off The Trail

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The New Jersey Devils are announcing their new head coach on Tuesday, and according to multiple reports it is going to be Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coach John Hynes.

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#BecauseHockey