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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks back on top Western Conference despite loss to St. Louis

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

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks fell 3-2 in a shootout to the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday at Scottrade Center.

It was also announced that the Hawks will play the Blues in the 2017 Winter Classic on Jan. 2 at Busch Stadium.

HAWKS

**Recap: Chicago falls 3-2 in shootout loss to St. Louis (SCH)

**Watch: Blues' Reaves ejected for hit on Ehrhoff (SCH)

**Hawks to play Blues in 2017 Winter Classic at Busch Stadium (SCH)

**NHL releases statement closing investigation on Patrick Kane (SCH)

**Kruger 'could' play by March 26 (SCH)

**Hossa retiring won't solve Hawks' salary cap situation (SCH)

**Ducan Keith shows off his skills in latest GoPro video (SCH)

**Kruger signs three-year extension worth $9.25 million (SCH)

**Kruger's extension could mean big changes for the Hawks (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**Avs sign Julien Nantel to ELC (MHH)

**Recap: Avs shut out Ducks (AC)

**Recap: Gaudreau leads Flames to OT win over Preds (OTF)

NHL

**Flyers, Penguins to play 2017 Stadium Series at Heinz Field (BSH)

**Red Wings, Maple Leafs set for rematch Jan. 1 in Centennial Classic at BMO Field (WIIM)

**Coyotes' Tinordi suspended 20 games for violating PED policy (FHF)

**Islanders' Jaroslav Halak out six to eight weeks (LH)

**Blue Jackets activate Bobrovsky off IR (Jackets)

**Sharks sign OHL leading scorer Kevin Labanc to ELC (FTF)

**Bruins' Liles to have hearing for hit on Lightning's Kucherov (SCoC)

**Devils' Ruutu fined $5K for slew-footing Penguins' Cullen (theScore)

**Recap: Carter lifts Kings over Capitals in OT (JR)

**Recap: Nylander ties game late, Maple Leafs win in shootout (LH)

**Recap: Granlund scores in OT, Canucks top Coyotes (FFH)

HOCKEY WORLD

**Top 15 NHL free agent targets (SBNCH)

**NCHC All-Conference teams (SBNCH)