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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks visit Stars in important Central Division clash

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

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The Chicago Blackhawks visit Central Division-leading Dallas on Tuesday for an important division matchup at American Airlines Center.

The Hawks are tied for second with 44 points, eight points back of Dallas.

HAWKS

**Hawks brace for showdown with Sharp, Oduya and the Stars (Sun-Times)

**Hawks Ryan Garbutt ready for emotional return to Dallas (CSN Chicago)

**Artemi Panarin: 'Really upset' about Viktor Tikhonov's departure (SCH)

**Toews' third OT goal of season ties him for league lead (SCH)

**Week ahead: Chicago visits Dallas before Christmas break; WJC begins (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**Wild extend Jared Spurgeon for 4 years, $20.75M (HW)

**Wild unveils uniform for Stadium Series alumni game (Star Tribune)

**Recap: Flyers rally for 4-3 win over Blues (BSH)

**Recap: Bozak, Komarov power Maple Leafs past Avs (NHL)

**Recap: Oilers top Jets to end three-game losing streak (NHL)

NHL

**Max Talbot suspended 2 games (SCoC)

**Kris Versteeg scores between the legs for one of NHL's best goals (SBN NHL)

**Recap: Capitals beat Hurricanes for sixth straight win (NHL)

**Recap: Sullivan gets first win, Penguins top Blue Jackets (NHL)

**Recap: Islanders top Ducks to end three-game skid (NHL)

HOCKEY WORLD

**Koby Bender commits to UMD (SBNCH)