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Morning Bag Skate: Nick Schmaltz helping Team USA at World Championship

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USA v Denmark - 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images

Chicago Blackhawks forward Nick Schmaltz has three assists for the United States, who have won five straight at the World Championship. Team USA is sitting atop Group A with 15 points.

The Americans have one game remaining in the preliminary round, which comes Tuesday when they play Russia, who plays Latvia on Monday. Russia is one point back in the group standings and are led by Artemi Panarin’s tournament-leading 10 points (seven goals, three assists).

HAWKS

**Bowman denies firing Kitchen to send Quenneville a message (SCH)

**DeBrincat helps Erie win OHL championship (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**RECAP: Ducks rally to win Game 2 against Predators, tie series (On The Forecheck)

**Predators' defense struggles in Game 2 loss (Puck Daddy)

**How Phil Housley coaches offense to Predators' defense (Puck Daddy)

**Blues expansion draft facts, projections (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Roster upheaval is unlikely for Blues (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**'Good karma' and 'good decisions' have made for great Stars offseason (Dallas Morning News)

**Jets prospect all headed for Memorial Cup (Winnipeg Free Press)

NHL

**Stanley Cup playoff schedule, matchups (SBN)

**Big read: Secret life of Bobby Ryan (Sportsnet)

**3 things we learned: You can’t beat Senators in OT (Sportsnet)

**Refreshed Bobby Ryan coming through with impressive playoff run (Sportsnet)

**Penguins mostly pleased with how they handled Ottawa's 1-3-1 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

**Penguins' fourth line shines in loss (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

**Blue Jackets’ Bobrovsky open to seeing sports psychologist (Columbus Post-Dispatch)

HOCKEY WORLD

**From player to GM, Wendell Young has done it all with Chicago Wolves (The Athletic)

**USA routs Slovakia to win fifth in a row at World Championship (PHT)

**McManus scores twice for Steel to even Clark Cup Final 2-2 (USHL)

**WHL: Seattle beats Regina in OT to take title (Seattle Times)