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Morning Bag Skate: Trevor van Riemsdyk could play Friday for Rockford

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

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

It's another lengthy break for the Blackhawks, who don't play again until Thursday in Arizona. That should give Q some time to do his usual tinkering, one imagines. Here's your latest news:

**Trevor van Riemsdyk could play Friday for Rockford. That's good, but still doesn't leave him a ton of time to get established before the playoffs. (ESPN Chicago)

**The Blackhawks know their lack of power play production is slowing them down. (CSN Chicago)

**Evgeny Romasko became the first Russian referee in NHL league history to call a game when the Red Wings met the Oilers on Monday night. (Puck Daddy)

**The Avalanche will face a tough situation after the season with highly paid forward Ryan O'Reilly. (Denver Post)

**The Las Vegas NHL season ticket drive has surpassed 8,000, which is still well short of the stated goal of 10,000. (Puck Daddy)

**Toronto announced that defenseman Roman Polak will miss the remainder of the season due to hernia surgery. (Maple Leafs)

**If the Devils won't give Patrik Elias a prominent role next season, he's fine looking for one elsewhere. "If they want to play me on the fourth line, I’m not willing to do that," Elias said. (

**Carolina defenseman Jack Hillen is going through post-concussion protocol after suffering his second head injury in two years. (Hurricanes)