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Morning Bag Skate: Patrick Sharp adjusts to new line

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

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

(Ed. Note: Hey everyone, welcome Ryan Hood to the SCH team! He's a big Blackhawks fan and Mizzou graduate who's going to be helping out with us going forward. I hope you'll give him a fond hello as we all come off the high of last night's exciting win. Welcome Ryan!)

Well, that was fun. The Blackhawks rallied from a three-goal deficit and Bryan Bickell tied the game, 4-4, late (Nashville blow a late lead in the United Center? Never seen that one before) as the Hawks went on to defeat the Predators, 5-4, in a shootout Monday night. The Hawks now hold a three-point lead on the Predators in Conference III.

** Patrick Sharp is adjusting just fine to his new role outside of Coach Q's top six (Sun-Times)

** The Capitals lost their finale Winter Classic tune-up, and potentially Brooks Orpik as well. Though Orpik doesn't exactly like facing Jonathan Toews outdoors. (Washington Post)

** A goaltending trio? That looks to be the case in St. Louis, as Magnus Paajarvi was waived in advance of Brian Elliot's return (

** The Wild overcame a 2-0 deficit to snap a five-game winless streak and gain two points on the Jets (Star Tribune)

** The Wild did so without Erik Haula, who again was a healthy scratch (Star Tribune)

** The injury bug bit the Jets yet again, as Evander Kane will be out until at least February (PHT)

** The Stars showed more signs of life, as they snapped the Rangers' eight-game win streak (Dallas Morning News)

** The Oilers acquired Derek Roy from the Predators (Puck Daddy)

** Fans threw hats on the ice thanks to Bobby Ryan as the Senators snapped a three-game losing streak (

** The top two prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft, Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, are set to square off on Wednesday (

** Maybe Floyd Mayweather can fight Patrick Kaleta? (Puck Daddy)