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Morning Bag Skate: Oduya expected back; scoreboard watching in full swing

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

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Tuesday was yet another night without a Blackhawks game, but there was ample action elsewhere that's meaningful to Chicago. In summation: Blues had quite the third period collapse but still defeated the Jets in regulation, which I suppose can be both a good and bad thing for the Blackhawks. The Wild did to the Devils what you'd expect a playoff team to do to the Devils, which was not surprising or good for the Blackhawks.

A Wild-Blues first round matchup would be great, wouldn't it? For many reasons.

Carrying on. To the links:

**Johnny Oduya is expected to return Thursday against the Coyotes. (Sun Times)

**Antoine Vermette is getting comfortable with his new mates. (Chicago Tribune)

**This is how the Blues won. What. (SBN)

**Power-play opportunities are down this season, and so are goal totals. (Eye on Hockey)

**Former Blackhawk prospect Kevin Hayes scored a pretty neat goal Tuesday night. Sigh. (SBN)

**Kyle Okposo returned for the Islanders, but they lost to the Rangers anyways. (Daily News)

**Lou Lamoriello was not behind the bench for the Devils on Tuesday night. (NHL)