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Morning Bag Skate: Toews recovering after big hit, Crawford nearing return

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

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The Blackhawks' win streak has hit eight games after the 3-2 win over Boston on Thursday, but it's hard not to focus on the health of Jonathan Toews after he left the game for precautionary reasons. The captain has had head injuries in the past so you can see why the team was cautious, though Coach Q said after the game that he would be alright. Here's the latest news:

**Patrick Sharp on Seidenberg: "We don't like that hit" (SCH)

**The league is reviewing the Seidenberg hit. I wouldn't be surprised if there's some punishment (SCH)

**Corey Crawford is making a speedy recovery from his injury (CSN Chicago)

**Boston will reportedly get the Winter Classic in 2016 (TSN)

**Colorado's Jamie McGinn could miss the remainder of the season after undergoing successful back surgery (PHT)

**Here's a look at Bill Foley, the man who is trying to bring the NHL to Las Vegas (ESPN)

**The NHL has suspended Dallas forward Ryan Garbutt three games for slew-footing Dustin Byfuglien (NHL)

**Dallas GM Jim Nill says Garbutt's undisciplined play has "got to stop" (Dallas Morning News)

**The Wild's GM is worried about Keith Ballard as he tries to recover from a concussion. "This was scary. You could even see the reaction of the Islanders’ bench. They weren’t standing over him mocking him. They were scared." (Star Tribune)

**Are the Kings showing signs of cracking? (CBS Sports)

**This goal from Bobby Ryan against L.A. last night is indeed pretty ridiculous (SB Nation)

**Mike Babcock is denying reports that he's near a contract extension with the Red Wings (PHT)

**The Devils have placed Damien Brunner on unconditional waivers. Sounds like they're trying to part ways so he can head overseas (TSN)