Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks edged by Kings 3-2 in regular-season finale

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

The Blackhawks finished out their regular season with a 3-2 loss against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. Regardless, the Hawks are set to face the Nashville Predators in the first round of the playoffs. Chicago won the 2016-17 season series 4-1 and will have home ice advantage throughout the series.

In Blackhawks prospects news, sophmore Denver defenseman Blake Hillman won the NCAA national championship in Chicago at the United Center. The 21-year-old, who was the Hawks' 2016 sixth-round Draft selection had one goal and six assists this season for the Pioneers.


**SCH is looking for an assistant editor (SCH)
**RECAP: Hawks lose 3-2 in overtime to Kings in season finale (Chicago Sun-Times)
**Blackhawks to play Predators in first round of playoffs (SCH)
**Hawks prospect Blake Hillman took home a national championship on Saturday (SCH)

Central Division

**RECAP: Jets defeat Predators 2-1, Nashville forced to face no.1 seed Hawks (OTF)
**RECAP: Blues beat Hurricanes 5-4 in shootout (Canes Country)
**RECAP: Stars end rough season with 4-3 shootout win over Avalanche (DBD)
**What players will the stars sign, lose during the offseason? (DMN)
**RECAP: Wild end franchise best season with 3-1 win over Coyotes (Hockey Wilderness)
**Shane Doan's uncertain future looms over Arizona Coyotes' season finale (Az Central)


**RECAP: Senators clinch home ice advantage with 3-1 victory over Rangers (SSS)
**RECAP: Flyers win first game of season series 4-2 over Blue Jackets (BSH)
**Who is the team MVP for the Flyers this season? (BSH)
**RECAP: Capitals secure President's Trophy with 3-1 victory over Bruins (Jaspers Rink)
**RECAP: Islanders narrowly miss out on playoffs, even after 4-2 win over Devils (LHH)
**Self-inflicted problems cost Islanders season and should cost GM Garth Snow his job (LHH)
**RECAP: Maple Leafs earn playoff berth following victory over Penguins (TSN)
**RECAP: Montreal ends solid regular-season with 3-2 win over Detroit (Montreal Gazette)
**RECAP: Panthers crush Sabres 3-0 in no-stakes bout at home (Buffalo News)
**RECAP: Playoff-bound Sharks beat Flames in finla regular-season game (Fear the Fin)
**RECAP: Oilers collect home ice advantage with 3-2 win over Canucks (C&B)

Hockey World

**Team USA won Worlds gold over Canada 3-2 in overtime last night (The Ice Garden)
**Senior Denver defenseman Will Butcher won the 2017 NCAA Hobey Baker Award (SBNCH)
**Denver won their eighth national championship over Minnesota-Duluth Saturday (SBNCH)