Morning Bag Skate: 2017 Stanley Cup Final begins

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

The Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins drop the puck on the 2017 Stanley Cup Final at 7 p.m. Monday at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. The game will be televised on NBC.

The Predators are looking to win their Cup while the Penguins aim to be the first franchise to win back-to-back titles since Detroit did so in 1997 and 1998.

Blackhawks prospect Graham Knott scored the game-tying goal in the Windsor Spitfires’ 4-3 win over Alex DeBrincat and the Erie Otters on Sunday.


**Kempny signs 1-year contract extension (SCH)

**DeBrincat named CHL Player of the Year (SCH)

**For Hawks, Predators’ rise alarming, but Pens’ resurgence encouraging (Chicago Sun Times)

**Are 3 Cups enough for this Hawks era (SCH)

**2017 Memorial Cup: Hawks prospects’ schedule, times, results (SCH)


**GM Fletcher hopeful prized prospect Kirill Kaprizov joins Wild for 2018-19 season (Star Tribune)

**Kuemper has likely played his last game for the Wild (Hockey Wilderness)


**Conn Smythe Rankings: Preds will go as far as Rinne takes them (Sportsnet)

**Growth industry: The legend and twisted origin of playoff beards (ESPN)

**Origin, evolution and adventures of the iconic Stanley Cup (AP)

**How to get a ticket to the Stanley Cup Final in Nashville (On The Forecheck)

**ESPN profiles Subban, on Montreal trade, race in hockey (Yahoo!)

**Predators built their roster for Stanley Cup (The Tennessean)

**Neal, Hornqvist ready to face former teams (The Tennessean)

**How Nashville fell in love with the Preds (The Ringer)

**A reflection on the best 16 playoff games of this Penguins era (Pensburgh)

**A Tale of Two Cities: Pittsburgh vs. Nashville (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

**Poile family made their mark in hockey (The Chronicle Journal)

**Without Kris Letang, Justin Schultz is answering the call (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

**Cook: Crosby, Malkin making mark in city full of heroes (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)


**Capitals to host Maple Leafs in outdoor game at Naval Academy (Washington Post)

**30 Thoughts: What does future hold for Dubas with Leafs? (Sportsnet)

**6 major issues facing the Ottawa Senators this summer (Sportsnet)

**Coyotes’ Rieder sidelined 2-3 months following ankle surgery (PHT)

**Expansion Draft: What Coyotes have to offer (Five For Howling)

**Flames should look at Cory Schneider (Matchsticks and Gasoline)

**2016-17 Report Card: Brian Elliott (Matchsticks and Gasoline)

**Did Goaltending Cost the Kings a Playoff Spot? (Jewels From The Crown)


**Maple Leafs prospect Jeremy Bracco leads Windsor to Memorial Cup title (Pension Plan Puppets)

**Four alternate formats for Memorial Cup (Sportsnet)