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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks visit Stars for Central Division showdown

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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 the Dallas Stars on Friday for the top spot in the Western Conference at American Airlines Center.


**Versatility allows TVR to play unlikely major role (Tribune)

**Johns to make NHL debut vs. Hawks (CSNC)

**What's wrong with Hawks' penalty kill? (CSNC)

**Brandon Mashinter an unlikely success story (Sun Times)

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

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


**Stars' Demers out 6 weeks with shoulder injury (theScore)

**Stars shake up lines; split up Seguin, Jamie Benn (DBD)

**Wild's Parise in longest scoring slump since rookie season (Pioneer Press)

**Avs' Landeskog suspended three games for cross-checking Ducks' Despres (MHH)

**Recap: McDavid leads Oilers past Wild (C&B)

**Recap: Abdelkader's late goal lifts Red Wings past Jets (AIH)


**Habs' P.K. Subban stretchered off the ice, sent to hospital (SBN NHL)

**Oilers' Nurse suspended three games for fight against Sharks (C&B)

**Sens pushing for outdoor game at Parliament Hill (Ottawa Sun)

**Bruins' Liles won't be disciplined for hit on Lightning's Kucherov (SCoC)

**Canucks' Prust shut down for rest of season with ankle injury (Sportsnet)

**Recap: Di Giuseppe scores in OT, Canes top Bruins (CC)

**Recap: Habs defeat Sabres, lose Subban (EOTP)

**Recap: Ekblad, Huberdeau lift Panthers past Sens (LBC)

**Recap: Backup goaltender Kinkaid, Devils shut out Sharks (FTF)


**Obama trolls Canada's PM over Stanley Cup wins (SBN NHL)