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Morning Bag Skate: 4-16-19

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

Columbus Blue Jackets v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

USA Hockey named Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane the captain for the U.S. men’s national team for the World Championship in May in Slovakia.

Blackhawks prospect Mackenzie Entwistle and the Guelph Storm look to complete an incredible 3-0 series deficit Tuesday against Adam Boqvist and the London Knights in London. The winner will advance to the Western Conference Final to play the Saginaw Spirit.

Elsewhere in Chicago sports, Willson Contreras powered the Cubs to a 7-2 win over the Marlins. Welington Castillo hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning for a 5-4 White Sox win over the Royals. Both the Cubs and White Sox play Tuesday.

BLACKHAWKS

Kane will be Team USA captain at Worlds (SCH)

Will Jokiharju stick with Blackhawks next season? (The Athletic)

ECHL’s Indy Fuel, head coach Bernie John mutually part ways (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

Game 3: Rinne shines as Preds take series lead over Stars (On The Forecheck)

Game 3: MacKinnon, Makar shine as Avs take series lead against Flames (Mile High Hockey)

Avs’ Makar scores first career NHL goal (Mile High Hockey)

From Binnington to discipline, 10 reasons the Blues are up 2-0 on Jets (The Athletic)

After down year, what comes next for Wild’s Zucker is anyone’s guess (The Athletic)

NHL

Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round schedule (NHL)

Hughes, Kakko top NHL Central Scouting final rankings (SCH)

Game 3: Maple Leafs defeat Bruins, take series lead (Pension Plan Puppets)

NHL suspends Maple Leafs’ Kadri for rest of first round (Pension Plan Puppets)

Game 3: Mrazek, Hurricanes stifle Capitals for first win of series (Canes Country)

Svechnikov, Ovechkin fight an unsettling return to yesteryear (Canes Country)

Sharks’ Thornton suspended 1 game for illegal check to Golden Knights’ Nosek (Fear The Fin)

Flyers hire Alain Vigneault as next head coach (Broad Street Hockey)

HOCKEY WORLD

Steel’s Mastrosimone, Abruzzese make NHL Central Scouting final rankings (SCH)

OHL: Eggenberger helps Generals take series with win over IceDogs (Sportsnet)

Finland’s Venla Hovi announces retirement (The Ice Garden)