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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks tied with Stars for Central Division lead

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

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The Chicago Blackhawks are now tied with the Dallas Stars after Dallas snapped a four-game losing streak by defeating New Jersey on Friday night.

The Hawks also sit two points ahead of St. Louis. All three teams are idle Saturday.

HAWKS

**Crawford honored by Team Canada selection (CSNC)

**Dale Weise always has chip on his shoulder (Sun Times)

**The challenge of evaluating Hawks trades on paper (SCH)

**Coach Q expects Marcus Kruger to return before end of regular season (SCH)

**Hawks sign Kyle Baun to two-year extension (SCH)

**Hawks game in Spanish? Univision ready for challenge (Chicago Tribune)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**Wild activate Zucker from IR, will play Saturday (theScore)

**Jets' Peluso out three to four weeks, Ehlers' status unknown (theScore)

**Recap: Stars end four-game slide by beating Devils (DBD)

NHL

**Penguins' Porter out 12 weeks following ankle surgery (Pensburgh)

**Coyotes' Domi suspended one game for instigating (theScore)

**Canucks trying to bring over prospect Nikita Tryamkin from KHL (NM)

**Recap: Stepan's goal lifts Rangers past Caps (BB)

**Recap: Blue Jackets win by answering Oilers (JC)

HOCKEY WORLD

**Hockey East tournament: Benning lifts Northeastern past Maine in OT (SBNCH)

**Hockey East tournament: UNH tops Merrimack (SBNCH)

**Hockey East tournament: Carpenter lifts No. 9 BU past UMass in OT (USCHO)

**Minnesota rallies to top Michigan State (SBNCH)

**No. 2 UND routs Western Michigan to clinch NCHC title (USCHO)

**Ohio State knocks off No. 6 Michigan (MnB)

**No. 14 Penn State drops Wisconsin (USCHO)