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Morning Bag Skate: 4-27-19

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

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Blackhawks prospect Josiah Slavin and the Chicago Steel visit the Muksegon Lumberjacks and Mikael Hakkarainen on Saturday for the opening game of the Eastern Conference Final in the USHL’s Clark Cup playoffs.

Elsewhere in Chicago sports, Tim Anderson hit a walk-off home run to lift the White Sox to a 12-11 home win over the Tigers. The Cubs fell 8-3 to the Diamondbacks in Arizona. The Cubs and White Sox both play Saturday.

The Red Stars host Seattle Reign FC on Saturday night at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview.

BLACKHAWKS

Hakkarainen, Slavin to meet in USHL’s Eastern Conference Final (SCH)

Blackhawks interested in Russian winger Ilya Mikheyev, per report (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

Game 1: Burns, Sharks top Avs (Mile High Hockey)

How a year in Florida helped Roope Hintz turn into an NHL speedster (The Athletic)

NHL

Tim Leiweke on why the Seattle NHL team could be ‘the greatest story’ (The Athletic)

Game 1: Staal, Mrazek lead Hurricanes to shoutout win over Islanders in OT (Canes Country)

Berube, Cooper, Trotz are Jack Adams Award finalists (PHT)

Providence’s Nate Leaman is next coach connected to Sabres (Die By The Blade)

Krejci can’t go, do the Bruins have the depth to overcome his absence? (The Athletic)

Werenski owns the gaffe that led to Boston’s OT game-winner (The Athletic)

HOCKEY WORLD

QMJHL: Drummondville beats Halifax to stay alive (Sportsnet)