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Morning Bag Skate: Rockford IceHogs to play Game 1 vs. Chicago Wolves

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The Rockford IceHogs, the Chicago Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate, will play Game 1 of their first-round Calder Cup playoff series against the Chicago Wolves on Saturday at AllState Arena in Rosemont. It’s the first playoff meeting between the two rivals since 2008, when the Wolves won in seven games.

BLACKHAWKS

**With Colliton in control, IceHogs charge into playoffs (The Daily Herald)

**Primer: Wolves vs. IceHogs (The Daily Herald)

**How much did the Hawks’ blue line struggle last season? (SCH)

**Kane, Toews have top 10 best-selling NHL jerseys (SCH)

**Who could be next Bickell, Hjalmarsson, Crawford for IceHogs? (Rockford Register Star)

**Pirri, Wolves ready for strong Calder Cup finish (The Daily Herald)

**Calder Cup playoffs: IceHogs vs. Wolves schedule (SCH)

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

CENTRAL DIVISION

**Game 5: Jets shut out Wild for first series win (Arctic Ice Hockey)

**Game 5: Avs top Preds, extend series (Mile High Hockey)

**AHL Toronto’s Keefe would be bold coaching hire for Stars (Defending Big D)

NHL

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

**Barkov, Karlsson, O’Reilly named Lady Byng Trophy finalists (PHT)

**Game 5: Flyers extend series with late goal against Penguins (Broad Street Hockey)

**Hughes: Goodbye, and thank you SB Nation (Broad Street Hockey)

**Capitals’ Burakovsky needs surgery, out rest of series vs. Blue Jackets (The Washington Post)

**Capitals’ Carlson continues to build on stellar playoff reputation (The Washington Post)

**Peters opts out of contract to leave Hurricanes (Canes Country)

**If Holtby is back, so are the Capitals (SBN)

HOCKEY WORLD

**Comparisons to Crosby not easy for Alexis Lafreniere to ignore (Sportsnet)

**Boston University’s David Quinn to coach U.S. at 2019 world juniors (theScore)

**OHL Playoffs: Thomas leads Bulldogs to 2-0 series lead over Frontenacs (Sportsnet)

**QMJHL Playoffs: Truchon-Viel leads Titan in Game-1 win over Tigres (Sportsnet)

**WHL preview: Conference finals represent changing of the guard (Sportsnet)