Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks prepare to face streaking Bruins today

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

With the best record in the Western Conference secured following their win over Columbus on Friday and Nashville's 3-0 victory over Minnesota on Saturday, the Blackhawks are looking to beat out the Capitals for the best record in the NHL. With only a few games remaining in the regular season to do so, the Hawks will start by taking the red-hot Bruins today, winners of four straight games.


**Blackhawks secure Central Division crown, best record in Western Conference (SCH)

**Kane named NHL's third star for the month of March (Blackhawk Up)

**Hartman, rookies holding their own alongside Blackhawks' veterans (CSN)

**IceDogs beat Stars on Friday as McNeill returns and Iacopelli netted first pro goal (SCH)

Central Division

**RECAP: Rinne shuts out Wild as Predators pick up needed points in playoff push (OTF)

**RECAP: Leafs, Frederik Andersen outlast Red Wings 5-4 (PPP)

**Former Colorado first-overall pick Nathan MacKinnon will retire to pursue acting (MHH)

**RECAP: Senators slide in standings, Ceci injured in 4-2 loss to Jets (

**RECAP: Stars shutout playoff hopeful Hurricanes (DBD)

**Blues recall Petteri Lindbohm and Kenny Agostino from AHL due to injuries (STLGT)


**Every 2017 NHL college free agent signing in one place (SBN)

**RECAP: Rask, Bergeron lead Bruins past Panthers 5-2, gain ground in Atlantic (

**RECAP: Flyers defeat Devils 3-0 despite Neuvirth collapsing during first period (BSH)

**Philadelphia signed senior Union forward Mike Vecchione (SBNCH)

**Retiring Devils forward Patrik Elias was something special (AATJ)

**RECAP: Playoff bound Canadiens take Lightning to overtime in 2-1 victory (HOTP)

**RECAP: McDavid and electric Oilers stave off Ducks 3-2 in overtime game (C&B)

**The Oilers penalty kill is killing penalties again (C&B)

**NHL players (and Brian Campbell) recall bad things hecklers have said to them (ESPN)

Hockey World

**US beats Canada 2-0 in women's hockey world championship on Friday (Yahoo)

**Five players to watch during the 2017 IIHF Women's World Championship (TIG)

**OHL Playoffs: 67's avoid elimination against Steelheads (Sportsnet)

**WHL Playoffs: Warriors edge Broncos to force Game 7 (Sportsnet)