Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks open 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against Predators

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

The Chicago Blackhawks open the playoffs against the Nashville Predators tonight. Artem Anisimov is set to return from injury, while Michal Rozsival is unavailable as a depth option after surgery to repair facial fractures suffered in the game against Anaheim.

In Hawks prospect news, Alex DeBrincat scored in a 3-1 victory over the London Knights. The Saint John Sea Dogs (Nathan Noel, Matthew Highmore) took a 3-0 series lead over the Val-d’Or Foreurs.


**Hawks-Predators first-round schedule (SCH)

**Blackhawks don’t have the NHL’s best-selling jersey this season (SCH)

**Tootoo on Hawks-Predators: ‘It finally feels great to be on the right side’ (SCH)

**NHL playoff predictions 2017: Confidence high in Blackhawks, Capitals (SCH)

**Six X-factors that may decide the Blackhawks-Predators series (Chicago Sun Times)

**Will a deeper defense let Keith play fewer playoff minutes? (SCH)

**A deeper look at Hawks’ power play in different situations (SCH)

**Who should be on Hawks’ fourth line in playoffs? (SCH)


**Blues-Wild first-round schedule (Hockey Wilderness)

**RECAP: STL v MIN - Jake Allen steals Game 1 (Hockey Wilderness)

**Report: Ken Hitchcock To Be Next Head Coach in Dallas (DBD)


**Stanley Cup playoff schedule, matchups (SBN)

**RECAP: NYR v MTL - Lundqvist earns shutout in Game 1 (Blueshirt Banter)

**RECAP: BOS v OTT - Sens miss opportunity (Silver Seven)

**RECAP: CBJ v PIT - Pens take Game 1 (Pensburgh)

**RECAP: SJ v EDM - Sharks take series opener in OT (Fear The Fin)

** Enjoy the brutally painful and emotional ride known as the Stanley Cup Playoffs (Pensburgh)

**Ranking NHL’s best bandwagon playoff teams (Down Goes Brown)

**Bruins's Colin Miller hurt in knee-to-knee collision, leaves in early 2nd period (SCOC)


**OHL Playoffs: Raddysh hat trick leads Otters over Knights in Game 2 (Sportsnet)

**QMJHL Playoffs: Sea Dogs get past Foreurs to take 3-0 series lead (Sportsnet)

**Noora Räty re-signs with Nokia Pyry (The Ice Garden)

**NWHL announces plans for third season (The Ice Garden)