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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks to host Penguins in its preseason opener

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NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Chicago Blackhawks Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks will host the reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the United Center in Chicago.

HAWKS

**Panarin wants 6-year deal from Hawks, per report (SCH)

**Bowman likes Hawks prospects’ potential to fill holes (CSNC)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**Sobotka's return to Blues looks kaput (STLToday)

**Ferraro tries to follow his father as Blues forward (STLToday)

**Boudreau not thrilled after Wild's preseason loss to Avs (Star Tribune)

**Watch: Avs’ Lieuwen makes miraculous behind-the-back glove save (theScore)

**Small forwards aren’t a big burden for Avs (Denver Post)

**Preds split preseason opener vs. Panthers (The Tennessean)

**5 takeaways from Preds camp (OTF)

**Jets blanked by Flames in exhibition opener (Winnipeg Free Press)

NHL

**Flames talking contract extension with Brian Elliott (M&G)

**Habs’ Shaw ejected for boarding Caps’ Hobbs (PHT)

**Slim, trim Pouliot enters Penguins’ camp ready to win a spot (Post-Gazette)

HOCKEY WORLD

**Canada beats Team Europe in Game 1 of World Cup final (PHT)

**Daly says little progress with regard to NHL participation in 2018 (Sportsnet)

**BU tops Hockey East preseason polls (SBNCH)

**Goalies a key topic for Hockey East (SBNCH)