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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks host Stars

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

NHL: Dallas Stars at Chicago Blackhawks Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks host the Dallas Stars on Thursday at United Center. It’s the first of a home-and-home against the Stars with the Blackhawks visiting Dallas on Saturday.

HAWKS

**Forsling emerges as shutdown defender in sophomore season (Chicago Sun Times)

**Blackhawks' Patrick Sharp tries to stay even-keeled through ups, downs (Chicago Tribune)

**RECAP: Hawks can’t solve Rinne late, fall in Nashville (SCH)

**Hawks prospect Sikura expected to play for Team Canada at Spengler Cup, per report (SCH)

**Kane fined maximum $5,000 for slashing Ducks’ Ritchie (SCH)

**Watch: Hartman captures another flinching victim in Perry (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

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

**RECAP: Gibson makes 37 saves, Ducks defeat Blues (St. Louis GameTime)

**Kariya returns to St. Louis as Hall of Famer (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**GM Fletcher calls Wild’s season ‘incredibly disappointing’ (Pioneer Press)

NHL

**Hurricanes sale to Chuck Greenberg apparently stalls; Dallas businessman Thomas Dundon now among suitors (Canes Country)

**RECAP: Bruins score first 3, hang on to defeat Lightning (Stanley Cup of Chowder)

**RECAP: Price, Canadiens defeat Senators for 3rd straight win (NHL.com)

**Vegas signs McNabb to 4-year, $10M extension (Knights On Ice)

**Doughty already considering his approach to 2019 free agent superclass (The Athletic)

**Why firing Hakstol wouldn’t solve all of Flyers’ problems (Courier Post)

**Eagles have more wins than the Flyers, and history suggests somebody is getting fired (Broad Street Hockey)

**Elite status means McDavid, Matthews can break through any time (Sportsnet)

**Lamoriello pleased with progress of Maple Leafs’ young defence (Sportsnet)

HOCKEY WORLD

**Jim Paek helping lead the growth of hockey in South Korea (PHT)

**WHL Roundup: Gawdin scores overtime winner as Broncos top Royals (Sportsnet)