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Morning Bag Skate: 4-18-19

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

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Blackhawks prospect Ian Mitchell has opted to return to the University of Denver for his junior season, but still plans to sign with Chicago.

Elsewhere in Chicago sports, the NWSL’s Red Stars announced a broadcasting deal with NBC Sports Chicago to air all their games this season. The Bears also released their schedule for the upcoming season.

The Cubs shut out the Marlins for a second straight day, this time 6-0. The White Sox fell 4-3 in 10 innings to the Royals, and start a series against the Tigers on Thursday. The Cubs are off.

BLACKHAWKS

Mitchell will return to Denver, plans to sign in 2020 (SCH)

Crawford named Blackhawks nominee for King Clancy Memorial Trophy (SCH)

Jokiharju, Lankinen named to Finland’s preliminary roster for Worlds (SCH)

4 Blackhawks prospects advance to semifinals in CHL playoffs (SCH)

Entwistle’s Guelph complete reserve sweep over Boqvist’s Knights (SCH)

Josiah Slavin, Steel to play RoughRiders in USHL’s Clark Cup playoffs (SCH)

Player grades: How did the defense stack up this season? (The Athletic)

CENTRAL DIVISION

Game 4: Stars score 4 in first against Preds, even series (NHL)

Who stays, who goes? Early projections of which players will remain on the Wild (The Athletic)

NHL

Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round schedule (NHL)

Bergeron, O’Reilly, Stone named Selke Trophy finalists (PHT)

Game 4: Bruins hang on to defeat Maple Leafs, even series (Stanley Cup of Chowder)

Reaves embraces ‘Muffin Man’ nickname, jokes he’d consider WWE (The Score)

HOCKEY WORLD

Added confidence leads Nick Abruzzese to win USHL scoring title with Chicago Steel (SCH)

AHL: Wolves clear myriad obstacles en route to another division title (The Daily Herald)