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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks open second-round series vs. Wild

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

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The Blackhawks will open up their Western Conference Semifinals best-of-seven series against the Minnesota Wild on Friday night at the United Center.

Four down, 12 to go for the Hawks.

Here's the latest news:

**Blackhawks' Kris Versteeg day-to-day with lower-body injury (SCH)

**Blackhawks sign Swedish defenseman Erik Gustafsson to entry-level contract (SCH)

**3 things to know about Blackhawks new signee Artemi Panarin (SCH)

**Blackhawks looking to improve penalty kill vs. Wild (CSN Chicago)

**Peter Regin enjoying playoff run with IceHogs (ESPN Chicago)

**Al Secord, Dino Ciccarelli - when a hockey rivalry had some real bad blood (Sun-Times)

**Zach Parise, Patrick Kane bring different styles to NHL success (Star Tribune)

**Five story lines to follow in Wild vs. Blackhawks series (Hockey Wilderness)

**What happened to Erik Haula? (Hockey Wilderness)

**"All series baby, all series," Alexander Ovechkin says taunting Henrik Lundqvist, (@myregularface)

**Joel Ward beats buzzer, Rangers for 2-1 Capitals win (Japers' Rink)

**Ducks light up Flames 6-1 in Anaheim (Matchsticks and Gasoline)

**Devan Dubnyk, Andrew Hammond, Kris Letang named Masterton Trophy finalist (Silver Seven)

**MIke Babcock will be NHL's most-sought free agent: Do the Red Wings want him back? (Winging It In Motown)

**2015 Pittsburgh Penguins salaries, cap situation (Pensburgh)

**Viadimir Sobotka might return to Blues from KHL (Pro Hockey Talk)

**Eulogy: Remembering the 2014-15 Detroit Red Wings (Puck Daddy)

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