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Morning Bag Skate: Vinnie Hinostroza to miss 2018 World Championship after sports hernia surgery

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NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Minnesota Wild Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks forward Vinnie Hinostroza won’t play next month’s World Championship in Denmark after undergoing a sports hernia surgery Wednesday.

There are currently four Hawks committed to playing at the tournament: Alex DeBrincat, Connor Murphy, Patrick Kane (all Team USA) and Tomas Jurco (Slovakia).

Playoff history was made Wednesday night as the Winnipeg Jets and Vegas Golden Knights picked up their first playoff wins in franchise history.


**Look: Alex DeBrincat’s adorable dog Ralph has his own Instagram (SCH)

**Hinostroza undergoes sports hernia surgery, per report (SCH)

**Hawks lose the benefit of the doubt with playoff-less season (SCH)

**SCH staff playoff predictions: Confidence high in Jets, Lightning (SCH)

**IceHogs clinch spot in Calder Cup playoffs (SCH)

**Kane’s participation in Worlds a major boost for Team USA (The Athletic)

**At 34, Keith to go ‘above and beyond’ to regain lost form (Chicago Sun-Times)

**Which Hawks will play at Worlds? (SCH)

**Celebrate Blackhawks legend Scott Foster with this T-shirt (SCH)


**Game 1: Jets top Wild for 1st playoff win in franchise history (Arctic Ice Hockey)

**Jets’ Perreault leaves Game 1 with injury (Arctic Ice Hockey)

**Underdog role is nothing new for Avs (Mile High Hockey)

**Why Bernier has earned Avs’ trust for playoffs (The Denver Post)

**Look: Preds unveil catfish tank (The Tennessean)

**Blues’ Tarasenko out 4 to 6 months with shoulder injury (St. Louis GameTime)


**Stanley Cup playoffs: Bracket, schedule, scores and more (SBN)

**Game 1: Golden Knights shut out Kings in first playoff game (Knights On Ice)

**Game 1: Crosby’s hat trick leads Penguins to rout of Flyers (Pensburgh)

**Penguins blitz Flyers with 3 first-period goals (SBN)

**Bruins’ Nash will not play in Game 1 vs. Leafs (Stanley Cup of Chowder)

**Cooper expects Stamkos to play in Game 1 vs. Devils (theScore)

**Sabres sign Notre Dame forward Andrew Oglevie (Die By The Blade)


**SJHL to resume playoffs in aftermath of Humboldt tragedy (Sportsnet)

**QMJHL Playoffs: Wildcats stay alive with win over Armada in Game 4 (Sportsnet)