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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks to open 2017 playoffs against Predators on Thursday

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

Nashville Predators v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Chicago Blackhawks will open up the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs against the Nashville Predators on Thursday at United Center in Chicago.

HAWKS

**Hawks-Predators first-round schedule (SCH)

**Panarin earns max bonuses, costing Hawks millions in cap space (SCH)

**Anisimov ‘good to go’ for Game 1 of playoffs (SCH)

**Hawks finish their 2nd 50-win season in 90 years (SCH)

**Watch: Bickell ends NHL career with shootout goal (SCH)

**The best moments of Bickell’s Hawks career (SCH)

**Rockford Report: IceHogs nab upset over first-place Milwaukee (SCH)

**Prospect Radovan Bondra signs ATO with Rockford (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**Stars coach Ruff will not return (Defending Big D)

**Blues-Wild first-round schedule (Hockey Wilderness)

**RECAP: Sobotka scores, Blues defeat Avalanche (St. Louis GameTime)

**A deeper look into Vince Dunn’s rookie season with Blues (St. Louis GameTime)

NHL

**McDavid wins Art Ross, Crosby wins Rocket Richard Trophy (PHT)

**RECAP: Red Wings defeat Devils in Joe Louis finale (Winging It In Motown)

**Joe Louis Arena Tribute: Saying goodbye to Red Wings’ old barn (Yahoo)

**RECAP: Hellberg of Rangers gets first NHL win against Penguins (NHL.com)

**RECAP: Leafs fail to reach third in Atlantic Division (Pension Plan Puppets)

**RECAP: Islanders edge Senators for sixth straight win (Lighthouse Hockey)

**RECAP: Lightning end season with third straight win (Raw Charge)

**RECAP: Bickell scores in shootout, Hurricanes win (Canes Country)

**RECAP: Capitals shut out in playoff tuneup (Japers’ Rink)

**RECAP: Ducks win fifth straight Pacific Division title (Anaheim Calling)

**RECAP: McDavid gets 100th point, Oilers top Canucks (Copper N Blue)

HOCKEY WORLD

**Watch: Kovalchuk ejected from KHL’s Gagarin Cup game for elbow to face (Yahoo)

**Comtois’ NHL draft stock has fallen, but confidence is high (Sportsnet)

**OHL Playoffs: Owen Sound strike back against Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)