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Morning Bag Skate: 4-9-19

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

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United States v Slovakia - 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship Photo by Kevin Light/Getty Images

The top 15 draft picks in the upcoming NHL draft will be determined Tuesday night with the draft lottery in Toronto. The Blackhawks have a 2.5 percent chance at winning the top overall pick and 8.2 percent odds to land a top 3 selection.

The IceHogs visit the Admirals on Tuesday in Milwaukee.

Elsewhere in Chicago sports, the Cubs won their home opener 10-0 against the Pirates while the White Sox fell 5-1 to the Rays.

The Bulls host the Knicks in their home finale Tuesday.


Why the pressure is on GM Stan Bowman to improve Blackhawks (SCH)

Panthers hire Quenneville as next coach (SCH)

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

‘I’ve got a lot of great hockey coming my way’: Bounce-back seasons for Toews, Keith are cause for optimism (The Athletic)

Toews helps North Dakota lead way in NHL production this season (Grand Forks Herald)


5 questions that will determine how far the Predators go in the postseason (The Athletic)

Blues sign Bouwmeester to 1-year, $3.25 million extension (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)


Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round schedule (NHL)

Stanley Cup Playoffs storylines (NHL)

Devils sign GM Shero to multi-year extension (PHT)

McLellan is leading candidate to coach Sabres (Die By The Blade)

4 head coaching candidates for Sabres (Die By The Blade)

Ducks’ Kesler may need career-ending hip surgery (The Score)

Skinner won’t rush decision on re-signing with Sabres (PHT)


Women’s Worlds: Day 5 recap (The Ice Garden)

Women’s Worlds: Top 5 players tearing it up (The Ice Garden)

Men’s Worlds: McDavid won’t play for Canada (The Score)

OHL: Knights beat Storm for 3-0 lead in 2nd-round series (Sportsnet)

QMJHL: Felix Robert leads Phoenix over Voltigeurs, cut series deficit to 2-1 (Sportsnet)