Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks eliminated from playoff contention

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

After a 5-1 home loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday, the Chicago Blackhawks were officially eliminated from Stanley Cup playoff contention. The Hawks had made nine straight playoff appearance, which included three Stanley Cup wins.

Chicago, who has 69 points this season, has Wednesday off before hosting Vancouver on Thursday.


**RECAP: Hawks fall to Avs; officially out of playoff contention (SCH)

**It’s official: Hawks’ 9-year playoff streak ends (SCH)

**Kane could play for Team USA at Worlds, per report (SCH)

**DeBrincat named Player of the Year at team luncheon (SCH)

**Hawks prospect Fredrik Olofsson will return for senior season at Nebraska Omaha, per report (SCH)

**8 Hawks prospects to play in NCAA tournament (SCH)


**RECAP: Capitals extend Metro lead with win against Stars (Defending Big D)

**RECAP: Jets defeat Kings in OT, set their wins record (Arctic Ice Hockey)

**Jets’ Laine leaves game with injury (Arctic Ice Hockey)


**RECAP: Penguins fall to Islanders, lose ground in Metro (Lighthouse Hockey)

**RECAP: Panarin hat trick powers Blue Jackets to 9th straight win (Jackets Cannon)

**RECAP: Oilers score 7 against Hurricanes (

**RECAP: Panthers score 7 against Senators, closer to wild card (

**RECAP: Flyers lose to Red Wings in shootout, fall in playoff race (Winging It In Motown)

**RECAP: Lightning defeat Maple Leafs, extend Atlantic lead (Raw Charge)

**RECAP: Fleury injured in Golden Knights win against Canucks (Knights On Ice)

**RECAP: Sharks defeat Devils for 5th straight win, gain in Pacific (Fear The Fin)


**QMJHL playoff preview: Round 1 (Sportsnet)

**Lucia steps down as Minnesota head coach (The Daily Gopher)

**What “outsiders” are potential head coach candidates for Minnesota? (The Daily Gopher)