Morning Bag Skate: Penguins-Predators face off in Game 2 in Stanley Cup Final

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

After winning the series opener, the Pittsburgh Penguins look to build a 2-0 series lead over the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday at PPG Paints Arena.


**Flat NHL salary cap would be major problem (SCH)

**Could the Hawks make a trade with Vegas to keep Trevor van Riemsdyk? (SCH)

**Ripple effect of Sharp trade still stings Hawks 2 years later (Chicago Tribune)

**Hawks not playing outdoor game for 1st time in 5 years (SCH)

**Prospect Knott helps Windsor win Memorial Cup (SCH)


**Wild’s top assistant Scott Stevens resigns (Star Tribune)

**Prosser saw his role decline, played well despite reduced minutes (Hockey Wilderness)

**Edmundson's stock is on the rise (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Why Seguin has such a big transition season ahead (Dallas Morning News)


**Predators’ Game 1 performance brings optimism (On The Forecheck)

**Penguins are luckiest NHL team, but there’s more to it (SBN)

**How Predators' catfish thrower did it (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

**Pittsburgh mayor responds to catfish thrower's arrest with fish puns (SBN)

**Rinne, Preds prepared to bounce back (The Tennessean)

**Growth industry: The legend and twisted origin of playoff beards (ESPN)

**Origin, evolution and adventures of the iconic Stanley Cup (AP)

**How to get a ticket to the Stanley Cup Final in Nashville (On The Forecheck)


**NHL Scouting Combine FAQ: What players will be put through in 2017 (Sportsnet)

**Down Goes Brown: 13 best NHL Cinderella stories of all time (Sportsnet)

**Capitals GM discusses Ovechkin trade talk, NHL Expansion Draft, Trotz’s future (Sportsnet)

**Blue Jackets’ Dubinsky out 3 months after wrist surgery (Jackets Cannon)

**Sens’ Brassard to undergo shoulder surgery, out 4-5 months (PHT)

**Senators ink d-man Jaros to entry-level deal (Silver Sevens)

**Kings hire Dave Lowry as assistant (LA Times)

**Bruins sign coveted Notre Dame forward Bjork to entry-level deal (SBNCH)

**Islanders officially add Scott Gomez to coaching staff (Lighthouse Hockey)

**Flyers sign prospect Oskar Lindblom (Broad Street Hockey)

**Flyers season review: MacDonald saw larger role, but results remained poor (Broad Street Hockey)


**Ozolinsh named head coach of KHL Dinamo Riga (PHT)

**Canucks lose Drew Shore to Zurich Lions of Swiss League (PHT)