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Wednesday's Dump & Chase: Patiently Waiting

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The most important Game 7 we never wanted to care about takes place tonight. The victor will go on to face the Predators in the Western Conference Final, and by default become the next most hated team in Nashville. Will it be the Mighty Quack Attack from Anaheim or McDavid's Oil Spills?

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Hockey News & Notes

Predators just latest No. 8 seed to succeed in NHL playoffs - The Tennessean
On paper the Preds had no business beating Chicago or St. Louis, but here we are. Hockey is funny that way.

Oilers' greatness, Ducks' viability on the line in Game 7 - Yahoo Sports
Be prepared to witness a lot of desperate hockey to close out this series, especially from Anaheim. After losing to the Predators in the first round last year the Ducks can't afford the embarrassment of losing another Game 7.

Karlsson, Anderson shine as Senators send Rangers packing - NHL on CBC Sports
The Senators are moving on the the Eastern Conference finals after ousting the New York Rangers. Given the whole Jimmy Vesey debacle I don't think anyone in Nashville is sad about it.

Mike Sullivan to Penguins: You live for Game 7s - USA Today
This series was bound to go the distance. Given the rivalry between the Capitals and the Penguins on top of the rivalry between Crosby and Ovechkin there was no way this was ending in less than seven games.

NHL officially announces matchup for 2018 Winter Classic at Citi Field | FOX Sports
At least it's not Chicago? I don't know I guess it could be more uninteresting. Don't most people forget Buffalo is playing hockey by that time?

Dallas Stars acquire Ben Bishop from Los Angeles - NHL.com
Dallas is wasting no time trying to figure out why they crashed and burned so hard this season. While they may have acquired Bishop he does become an UFA on July 1st.

Devils, agent discussing Ilya Kovalchuk's return to NHL - NHL on CBC Sports
They always come back! Well maybe not always, but they always talk about coming back.

Awesome video charts the expansion of the NHL over the last 100 years | FOX Sports
It's really incredible to see just how much the league has changed. Not bad for a sport that apparently no one cares about.

Charles Barkley says he would rather be watching the NHL playoffs | For The Win
Same Charles, same.