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Two big bits of news ahead of Game 7 between the Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night.

First, Coach Alain Vigneault said he told Roberto Luongo(notes) he would get the start. Which means he's turning to a goalie he didn't believe could win Game 6 to win Game 7.

Turns out it's not all sunshine for the Chicago Blackhawks after their Game 6 win, however.

Forward Bryan Bickell(notes) is out for Game 7 and the next three weeks after wrist surgery today to repair two tendons. The news was first reported by XM Home Ice and then confirmed by Adam Jahns of the Sun-Times.

He missed Game 3 after injuring his wrist in Game 2 in Vancouver on a third-period hit.

Bickell has four points in his last four playoff games, including goals in Games 4 and 6. His line with Michael Frolik(notes) and Dave Bolland(notes) was the best for the Blackhawks in their win on Sunday night; one wonders in particular how this affects Bolland, who has been the Blackhawks' most important forward since his return from a concussion in Game 4.

Never a dull moment in this series. Even on the off days.

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