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Morning Bag Skate: 4-29-19

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

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Chicago Blackhawks David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Elsewhere in Chicago sports, the Red Stars shut out Seattle Reign FC 3-0 one day after their match was postponed due to weather.

The Fire fell 1-0 to the Impact in Montreal. The Cubs outlasted the Diamondbacks 6-5 in 15 innings, while the White Sox defeated the Tigers 4-1. The White Sox host the Orioles on Monday.

BLACKHAWKS

Why Kane isn’t a Hart Trophy finalist (SCH)

Blackhawks prospects Alexis Gravel, Ryczek advance to QMJHL President’s Cup final (SCH)

Former Blackhawks assistant Don Granato opens up about challenging season (The Athletic)

CENTRAL DIVISION

Game 2: Avs hold off Sharks, even series (NHL)

Stars GM Jim Nill has been polarizing, but his moves are paying off with playoff run (The Athletic)

NHL

Game 2: Hurricanes rally to defeat Islanders, extend series lead (Canes Country)

Injury bug hits Hurricanes again as Mrazek, van Riemsdyk exit Game 2 (Canes Country)

Crosby, McDavid, Kucherov are 2019 Hart Trophy finalists (PHT)

HOCKEY WORLD

Big read: Can viral-video sensation Aito Iguchi put Japanese hockey on the map? (Sportsnet)

U18 Worlds: Jack Hughes sets scoring record as U.S. downs Canada for bronze (Sportsnet)

USHL: Muskegon holds off Chicago, levels series (Steel)

WHL: Prince Albert knocks off Edmonton, sets up final against Vancouver (Sportsnet)