Morning Bag Skate: Penguins, Predators to play pivotal Game 5 of Stanley Cup Final

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

The Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins face off in Game 5 on Thursday in Pittsburgh. The series is tied 2-2 after each team won a pair of games on home ice.


**Hawks sign Czech free agent defenseman Jan Rutta (SCH)

**Ulf Samuelsson will join Hawks as assistant coach, per report (SCH)

**Toews shouldn’t stay quiet because he’s a hockey player (SCH)

**Second City Hockey is starting a mailbag (SCH)

**Quenneville ranked No. 3 best Chicago coach of all time (SCH)


**Fort Wayne Komets makes sense for Wild’s new ECHL affiliate (Hockey Wilderness)

**Haula turns in average season, faces uncertain future (Hockey Wilderness)


**Murray should start for Penguins in Game 5 (SBN)

**Penguins Archibald soaking up postseason run (Post-Gazette)

**Series Breakdown: Preds dominate Malkin (On The Forecheck)

**Fisher leading Predators with ‘heart and will’ in Cup Final (On The ForechecK)

**Barkley compares Predators fans to Bulls fans ‘in their heyday’ (SBN)


**Report: Extension could come soon for Martin Jones, Sharks (PHT)

**Kings re-sign forward Tyler Toffoli for 3 years, $13.8M (Jewels From The Crown)

**Flyers hire OHL Erie’s Knoblauch as assistant (Broad Street Hockey)

**Report: Without a new arena, Burke says Flames could leave Calgary (PHT)

**Canucks add Newell Brown and Nolan Baumgartner to coaching staff (PHT)


**Golden Knights hire OHL Windsor’s Thompson to coach AHL Chicago (Las Vegas Review-Journal)