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Morning Bag Skate: It's Antti Raanta time for a couple more games

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

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks are back in action Thursday night after a day off as they face the Nashville Predators on the road. It's the first of at least two more games that will see Antti Raanta in goal due to nagging injuries plaguing Corey Crawford, but it doesn't sound like he'll be out for too long. Here's the news for Thursday morning:

**Crawford isn't expected to travel with the team for today's game or Saturday's against St. Louis. (SCH)

**That means Scott Darling is backing up Raanta, and he's ready to play if necessary (CSN Chicago)

**The Wild agreed to a five-year, $16 million deal with forward Charlie Coyle (Pro Hockey Talk)

**The Capitals announced that John Erskine has undergone neck surgery and been placed on IR (Sportsnet)

**The lawyer for Slava Voynov made statements to multiple media outlets Wednesday, including Yahoo! Sports (Puck Daddy)

**NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly appeared on NHL Live on Wednesday to defend the league's decision to suspend Voynov. "We felt it was a fairly easy decision." (Pro Hockey Talk)

**The Maple Leafs-Senators game scheduled for Wednesday was postponed after the unfortunate events in Ottawa (Puck Daddy)

**Jake Muzzin is expected to make his season debut Thursday (Pro Hockey Talk)

**The Flyers are backing up Steve Mason after his early struggles this season (CSN Philly)

**Ducks prospect Stefan Noesen will miss four months due to an Achilles injury (OC Register)

**How Rick Nash went from playoff bust to league-leading scorer (Puck Daddy)