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Morning Bag Skate: Darling will start for Blackhawks vs. Blues

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NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Scott Darling will start for the Chicago Blackhawks when they visit the St. Louis Blues on Saturday at Scottrade Center.

HAWKS

**Darling’s Winter Classic mask is a Cubs-themed masterpiece (SCH)

**Hawks still hope to sign Maxim Shalunov, per report (SCH)

**Nine-game goal drought ‘frustrating’ for Kane (Sun Times)

**Kempny struggling to garner playing time (Chicago Tribune)

**Hartman’s discipline motivates, brings momentum (CSN)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**RECAP: Panthers score twice in 3rd to defeat Avs (Mile High Hockey)

**Predators have to stop playing role of comeback kids (On The Forecheck)

**Eakin suspended 4 games for ‘intentional’ hit on Lundqvist (Defending Big D)

**Honka reassigned to AHL (Defending Big D)

NHL

**Senators to host Habs in 2017 outdoor game at TD Place (Habs Eyes On The Prize)

**RECAP: Ristolainen lifts Sabres to OT win over Islanders (Die By The Blade)

**RECAP: Toffoli, Kings snap Penguins win streak in OT (NHL.com)

**RECAP: Sharks chase Price, hold off Canadiens (Fear The Fin)

**RECAP: Oshie delivers in shootout for Caps sixth straight win (Japers’ Rink)

**RECAP: Blue Jackets defeat Flames for eight straight win (NHL.com)

**RECAP: Horvat propels Canucks past Lightning (NHL.com)

**Sens announce “Ring of Honour” (Silver Sevens)

**Sens’ Hoffman suspended 2 games for crosscheck on Couture (Silver Sevens)

HOCKEY WORLD

**RECAP: No. 15 Bemidji State ties No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth (Duluth News Tribune)

**WHL Friday night roundup (WHL)

**Report: Hartley to take Latvian national team gig (PHT)