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Morning Bag Skate: 4-8-19

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

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Blackhawks wrapped up their season with press conferences Sunday. The NHL Draft Lottery is 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The IceHogs are off Monday before visiting Milwaukee on Tuesday.

Elsewhere in Chicago sports, the Cubs fell 4-2 against the Brewers in Milwaukee and the White Sox lost 12-5 to the Mariners.

Cubs will play their home opener against the Pirates on Monday at Wrigley Field. The White Sox continue their homestand against the Rays.

BLACKHAWKS

Bowman expects to be ‘more active’ in free agency (SCH)

Strome wants to play rest of his career with Blackhawks (SCH)

Panthers targeting Quenneville as next coach, per report (SCH)

Blackhawks have 2.5 percent odds to win 2019 draft lottery (SCH)

Blackhawks re-assign Lankinen to AHL (SCH)

Colliton is in constant communication, but constant control – even with Blackhawks core (The Athletic)

CENTRAL DIVISION

How the Predators improbably won the Central Division (The Athletic)

Avs have mounted comeback and so has Kerfoot (The Athletic)

NHL

Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round schedule (NHL)

Stanley Cup Playoffs storylines (NHL)

Ovechkin’s Richard reign continues, and more early NHL Awards (PHT)

Sabres fire Housley after 2 seasons (Die By The Blade)

Kings won’t retain Desjardins as coach (Jewels From The Crown)

HOCKEY WORLD

Women’s Worlds: Day 4 recap (The Ice Garden)

OHL: IceDogs top Generals for 2-0 lead in 2nd round series (Sportsnet)

QMJHL: Screaming Eagles even series with Game 2 win over Oceanic (Sportsnet)