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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks reach quarter mark of season

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

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Following a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, the Chicago Blackhawks have reached the unofficial quarter mark of the season by playing 20 games. The Hawks are 10-8-2 in that stretch and sit in fourth place in the Central Division.

Chicago has two more days off before visiting Tampa Bay on Wednesday.

HAWKS

**A conversation with Hawks president John McDonough: Part I (The Athletic)

**Crawford, Forsberg quickly build beneficial partnership (Chicago Sun Times)

**Wingels taking to unexpected role at center (Chicago Tribune)

**This Hinostroza goal shows why he’s too good for the AHL (SCH)

**Is salary cap relief on the way for the Blackhawks? (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**RECAP: MacKinnon’s OT goal caps Avs’ rally over Red Wings (Mile High Hockey)

**Wild’s power-play efforts still seldom rewarded (Star Tribune)

**Blues developing their identity (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Preds’ Watson suspended 2 games for boarding Avs’ Toninato (On The Forecheck)

**Jets expected to be without Enstrom for 2 months due to injury (Winnipeg Free Press)

NHL

**Watch: Chance the Rapper plays clueless Rangers reporter on ‘SNL’ (SBN)

**RECAP: Top line propels Hurricanes past Islanders (Canes Country)

**RECAP: Lundqvist helps Rangers shut out Senators (Blueshirt Banter)

**RECAP: Golden Knights top Kings for 7th straight home win (Knights On Ice)

**RECAP: Gibson, Perry propel Ducks past Panthers (Anaheim Calling)

**Flyers’ Gudas suspended 10 games for slashing Jets’ Perreault over the head (Broad Street Hockey)

**Flyers will host Penguins in outdoor game at Lincoln Financial Field in 2019 (Broad Street Hockey)

**McDavid is the least of Oilers’ problems right now (SBN)

HOCKEY WORLD

**USHL Sioux Falls goaltender scores goal, makes most of celebration (PHT)

**OHL roundup: Raaymakers’ shutout lifts Knights over Spitfires (Sportsnet)

**QMJHL roundup: Aquin, MacLeod lead Islanders over Sea Dogs (Sportsnet)

**WHL roundup: Mattheos helps Wheat Kings extend win streak to 5 (Sportsnet)