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Morning Bag Skate: Patrick Kane returns to non-contact practice

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Our daily look at Blackhawks news and the happenings around the world of hockey.

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The Blackhawks start a busy stretch Thursday by hosting the Canucks at the United Center. It's the first of three games in four days, finishing off Sunday against the Blues. It's time to sort out playoff seeding, so every win counts. Here's the latest news:

**Here's an updated look at the Blackhawks' playoff picture entering today's games. (SCH)

**Patrick Kane took another step in his recovery by participating in non-contact practice on Wednesday. (SCH)

**Scott Darling has received the Blackhawks' nomination for the Masterton Trophy. (SCH)

**The Ducks clinched the Pacific Division (PHT)

**The Sharks' new AHL affiliate in San Jose will be known as the Barracuda. (Mercury News)

**Celtics player Kelly Olynyk accidentally revealed that his friend, Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamlton, is recovering from broken ribs. The team had not revealed that information before. (CSN New England)

**The Blackhawks should celebrate all of their playoff wins this way (Puck Daddy)

**Drew Miller needed nearly 60 stitches after taking a puck to face but he's getting ready to return to practice already. (Puck Daddy)