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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks tied with Dallas for Western Conference lead

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

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks remain atop the Western Conference standings tied with Dallas at 87 points. St. Louis, who Chicago visits Wednesday, is two points behind with 85 points. All three teams were idle Monday.

Dallas is the lone team of the three to play Tuesday when they visit Montreal.


**Here's what the Hawks have on the salary cap books for next season (SCH)

**Watch: Eddie Olczyk hilarious analyzes young fan eating ice cream (SCH)

**SCH Ice Cold Podcast Ep. 5: New Hawks players performance, World Cup of Hockey (SCH)

**Indy Fuel, Hawks' ECHL affilate, fire head coach Scott Hillman (SCH)

**Ladd marvels at how Hawks have grown since he left (Sun Times)

**Enrhoff finds Hawks to be a good fit (Sun Times)

**Rasmussen's focus remains on what he can control (CSNC)


**Preds' Gaustad to miss upcoming 4-game road trip due to injury (theScore)

**Preds recall Colton Sissons (OTF)

**Recap: Varlamov leads Avs past Arizona in return (MHH)


**Panthers' Jagr passes Gordie Howe for third all-time in points (SBN NHL)

**Lightning's Drouin will report to AHL after having suspension lifted (RC)

**Senslos Borowiecki to 'long-term' MCL tear (PHT)

**Blue Jackets re-sign defenseman Yevenko (PHT)

**Recap: Capitals end Ducks win streak at 11 (JR)

**Recap: Gostibehere's two goals help Flyers beat Lightning (BSH)

**Recap: Sabres rally for win against Maple Leafs (DBTB)

**Recap: Bruins top Panthers on Stempniak's OT goal (LBC)

**Claude Julien becomes winningest coach in Bruins' history (SCoC)

**Recap: Jones, Pavelski lead Sharks past Flames in OT (FTF)

**Recap: Carter, Kopitar power Kings past Canucks (NM)


**Ilya Kovalchuk returns to SKA Saint Petersburg for second round of playoffs (theScore)

**Hockey East weekend in review (SBNCH)

**Merrimack downs UNH, punches ticket to quarterfinals (SBNCH)