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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks resting before Western Conference Final

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

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The Chicago Blackhawks had five days off before their second-round series against the Minnesota Wild.

Now, as they wait for the conclusion of the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Hawks will have more than week off before they hit the ice against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center in the Western Conference Final.

Eight games down, eight to go for the Hawks.

Here's the latest news:


**Hawks UFA Peter Regin signs with KHL's Jokerit (SCH)

**Hawks need more offensively from Bryan Bickell (SCH)

**Ducks, Bruce Boudreau stepping up in class vs. Hawks, Joel Quenneville (Sun-Times)

**Brooms in hand, Hawks fans celebrate sweep of Wild in enemy territory (DNA info)

Central Division

**Wild injury revelations: Chris Stewart separated shoulder, Jason Zucker played with broken thumb (Star Tribune)

**Predators' Pekka Rinne sets shutout record at Worlds (On The Forecheck)

**Pilot's Logbook: Andrew Ladd (Arctic Ice Hockey)


**Lightning's Ryan Callahan has emergency appendectomy, out for Game 6 (Raw Charge)

**Mike Babcock receives tour of Buffalo's HarborCenter (Buffalo News)

**Canucks UFA Brad Richardson undergoes ankle surgery (Canucks Army)

**Canadiens have cracked the code during the power-play (Habs Eyes On The Prize)

**Slow starts are plaguing Capitals (Washington Post)

**Expect Senators to offer goaltender Andrew Hammond a two-year deal (Ottawa Sun)

Hockey world

**Video: Las Vegas arena shown in drone flight around building (Puck Daddy)

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