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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks prepare for Central Division clash in Dallas

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

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Dallas Stars Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

After three days off, the Chicago Blackhawks will return to the ice on Saturday night against a Central Division rival: the Dallas Stars.


**Corey Crawford's stats place Blackhawks goalie among best in NHL (Chicago Tribune)

**Injured defensemen Cody Franson, Jan Rutta won’t play against Dallas (Chicago Tribune)

**Cancer treatments chemotherapy can’t stop Eddie Olczyk (Chicago Sun-Times)

**Cancer gives Blackhawks fan-favorite Eddie Olczyk a new perspective (Chicago Sun-Times)

**Jordan Oesterle, Michal Kempny trying to force coach Joel Quenneville’s hand (Chicago Sun-Times)

**Chicago Blackhawks’ defense a crowded strength (Daily Herald)


**RECAP: Blues continue to struggle with loss at Calgary (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Is Operation #FreeHonka finally complete? (Defending Big D)

**Tyson Barrie needs more respect (Mile High Hockey)

**Dump & Chase: airing of grievances (On the Forecheck)


The Golden Knights’ biggest tests will come away from home (SB Nation)

**New York Islanders’ Belmont Park arena bid approved, per report (SB Nation)

**RECAP: Toronto Maple Leafs outgunned by Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 (Pension Plan Puppets)

**RECAP: Fly by Night Away From Here: Flyers 4, Red Wings 3 (Winging it in Motown)


**Top 2018 NHL Draft prospects expected to compete at World Juniors (