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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks lose Michal Rozsival to surgery

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The Chicago Blackhawks’ defensive depth took a hit Tuesday after veteran blue liner Michal Rozsival underwent surgery to repair facial fractures. His timetable for return is unknown.

In Hawks prospect news, Alex DeBrincat scored twice to lead Erie to a 3-1 win over London for a 2-1 series lead. Alexandre Fortin and Matthew Highmore each had an assist in their respective team’s QMJHL playoff game.

HAWKS

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

**2017 NHL awards: SCH staff picks (SCH)

**Major news outlets all picking Hawks to beat Preds (SCH)

**Rozsival has surgery to repair facial fractures (SCH)

**Kane says he’s ‘too old’ for playoff mullet (SCH)

**Six X-factors that may decide the Blackhawks-Predators series (Chicago Sun Times)

**Will a deeper defense let Keith play fewer playoff minutes? (SCH)

**A deeper look at Hawks’ power play in different situations (SCH)

**Who should be on Hawks’ fourth line in playoffs? (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

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

**Blues will put rookie Barbashev in center of top line (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

NHL

**Stanley Cup playoff schedule, matchups (SBN)

**Patrick tops NHL’s final draft rankings (PHT)

**Penguins’ Malkin is ready to go for Game 1 (Pensburgh)

**Robitaille, Blake outline path forward for Kings (Jewels From The Crown)

**List of coaching candidates for the Kings (PHT)

**5 GMs who should be worried about Lombardi's availability (theScore)

**Red Wings’ Tatar sidelined 4-6 months following shoulder surgery (theScore)

HOCKEY WORLD

**Red Wings’ Blashill named U.S. coach at Worlds (Winging It In Motown)

**Red Wings' Larkin, Mrazek to play at Worlds (theScore)

**Cooper to coach Canada at Worlds, Gallant and Hakstol to assist (Broad Street Hockey)

**OHL Playoffs: Steelheads grab 2-1 lead over Generals (Sportsnet)

**QMJHL Playoffs: Sea Dogs get past Foreurs to take 3-0 series lead (Sportsnet)

**WHL Playoffs: Broncos take 2-1 series lead over Pats with OT victory (Sportsnet)