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Morning Bag Skate: One more day until Blackhawks hockey

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

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Day 8, still no Blackhawks hockey.

The Eastern Conference Final gets under way today at 12 PM Central. When the Honda Center frees up on Sunday, the Blackhawks will finally play again. Let's hope they aren't too rusty.

The Rockford Icehogs also play Sunday at 4 PM, and look to avoid elimination by the Grand Rapids Griffins.


  • Corey Crawford may not get public acclaim, but he’s valued by the organization (Sun-Times)
  • Anaheim Calling answers some questions about the Ducks (SCH)
  • … and Satchel does the same for the Blackhawks (Anaheim Calling)
  • Andrew Shaw’s brother also working hard in Chicago (Sun-Times)
  • Daniel Carcillo founds a non-profit to help guide post-career athletes (ESPN)
  • Kyle Cumiskey staying prepared in case he’s needed (ESPN)
  • Jim Cornelison to perform the anthem before the Icehogs's Game 5 Sunday (Rockford Icehogs)


  • Ryan Callahan could play in Game 1. He had an emergency appendectomy Monday (NHL)
  • Red Wings name their trophy for the Traverse City prospects tournament after Capgeek founder Matthew Wuest (NBC Sports)
  • Down Goes Brown’s NHL Grab Bag for the week (Grantland)
  • Goaltender matchup: Lundqvist vs Bishop (NHL)

Hockey World

  • Team USA takes on Russia in the World Championship this afternoon at 12:15 PM Central time. Current Blackhawks prospect Artemi Panarin will face former Blackhawks Ben Smith and Jeremy Morin (USA Hockey)
  • 11-year-old British goalie's performance goes viral (Puck Daddy)