Morning Bag Skate: 4-2-18

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

The Chicago Blackhawks have Monday off and won’t return to action until Wednesday, when they visit the St. Louis Blues.

Chicago is in 22nd place in the league standings at 74 points, which gives them a 5 percent odds at the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. The Hawks are tied with Edmonton and the New York Islanders at 74 points. Edmonton plays Monday at Minnesota, while the Islanders are idle.


**Saad weighing decision to play for Team USA at 2018 World Championship, per report (SCH)

**Quenneville more teacher than coach lately as he awaits his Blackhawks fate (Chicago Sun-Times)

**Keith on verge of setting NHL record for shooting futility (Chicago Sun-Times)

**Celebrate Blackhawks legend Scott Foster with this T-shirt (SCH)

**Former Blackhawk of the Week: Dirk Graham (SCH)


**RECAP: Avs get a point, but fall to Ducks in OT (Mile High Hockey)

**Avs prospect Maker shows maturity by deciding to go back to UMass (Mile High Hockey)

**RECAP: Preds top Lightning, extend Central lead (On The Forecheck)

**Report: Suter out indefinitely with fractured fibula (theScore)


**RECAP: Giroux, Flyers gain in Metropolitan with OT win against Bruins (Broad Street Hockey)

**RECAP: Devils defeat Canadiens, gain in Eastern wild-card race (All About The Jersey)

**RECAP: Capitals clinch first in Metropolitan with win against Penguins (Japers’ Rink)

**Lightning sign 2017 first-rounder Foote (Raw Charge)

**Watch: Golden Knights retire No. 58 in honor of shooting victims (theScore)

**Why the Rangers should go after Panthers prospect Mascherin (Blueshirt Banter)

**Report: Nugent-Hopkins to play for Canada at Worlds (theScore)


**OHL Playoffs: Rangers beat Storm in 6 games to advance (Sportsnet)

**QMJHL Playoffs: Titan beat Sagueneens to advance to second round (Sportsnet)

**WHL Playoffs: McCorrister scores in overtime to lead Brandon into second round (Sportsnet)