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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks visit Panthers

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

Chicago Blackhawks v Florida Panthers Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

The Chicago Blackhawks visit the Florida Panthers on Saturday seeking its second straight win to build its Central Division lead.

In the NCAA tournament, Chicago Blackhawks prospects Chad Krys (Boston) advanced to the regional championship. Fellow prospects Matheson Iacopelli (Western Michigan) and Matt Tomkins (Ohio State) were eliminated.

HAWKS

**Hossa nominated for 2017 Masterton trophy (SCH)

**Oduya feeling better, more up to speed (CSN)

**Hawks’ puck possession ‘way better than at beginning of the year’ (Chicago Tribune)

**Hawks prospect guide to NCAA tournament, CHL playoffs (SCH)

**SCH guide to Hawks slang, nicknames, jargon (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**RECAP: Stars dominate Sharks, who drop fifth straight (Defending Big D)

**RECAP: Ducks tied for first in Pacific after defeating Jets (NHL.com)

**Avs, Sens to play pair of regular season games in Sweden (Mile High Hockey)

NHL

**IIHF asks NHL for Olympic decision by May 1 (TSN)

**NHL to make ‘special announcement’ next week in China (PHT)

**Every 2017 NHL college free agent signing in one place (SBN)

**RECAP: Islanders tied for wild card after defeating Penguins (Lighthouse Hockey)

**RECAP: Lightning 1 point out of wild card with OT win over Red Wings (Raw Charge)

**Canadiens sign Addison to ELC (Habs Eyes On The Prize)

**Bruins ink prospects Fitzgerald, Johansson to entry-level deals (PHT)

HOCKEY WORLD

**2017 NCAA men’s hockey bracket (SBNCH)

**NCAA men’s hockey tournament: Game times, television schedule (SBNCH)

**RECAP: No. 1 seed Minnesota-Duluth survives OT scare from Ohio State (SBNCH)

**RECAP: No. 1 seed Harvard blanks Providence (SBNCH)

**RECAP: No. 2 seed Boston outlast No. 3 North Dakota in 2OT (SBNCH)

**RECAP: No. 3 seed Air Force upset No. 2 seed Western Michigan (SBNCH)

**OHL Friday roundup (OHL)

**WHL Friday roundup (WHL)

**QMJHL roundup (Sportsnet)