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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks prospect Henri Jokiharju shines at World Junior Championships

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Chicago Blackhawks prospect Henri Jokiharju scored a goal for Finland in his World Junior Championships debut Tuesday in Buffalo. Finland fell 4-2 to Canada in the game.

The Blackhawks return from the NHL’s Christmas break Thursday at Vancouver.

HAWKS

**Watch: Blackhawks prospect Henri Jokiharju scores against Canada in World Juniors debut (SCH)

**How the Blackhawks can avoid being a one-line team again (The Athletic)

**2018 World Juniors: Blackhawks prospect preview (SCH)

**2018 World Juniors: Schedule, how to watch, scores, results (SCH)

**Watch: Blackhawks prospect Matt Tomkins wins ECHL goalie fight (SCH)

**Penalty box can be the loneliest – or loudest – place in the NHL (Chicago Sun Times)

**Hot-and-cold reality: Inconsistency defining Blackhawks as average (Chicago Sun Times)

**Blackhawks figuring out how best to utilize DeBrincat (Chicago Tribune)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**Blues Midseason Report: All things considered, team has been impressive (St. Louis GameTime)

**Gordo: Success without Schwartz will take team effort from Blues (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Blues' PK nearly perfect in December (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**How the Predators plan to avoid peaking too early (The Tennessean)

**Wild Walkthrough: A closer look at some of the top plays of 2017 (The Athletic)

**Vikings’ Rudolph, Wild’s Zucker have formed a special bond in giving back (The Athletic)

**Up-and-down Wild lacking steadiness (Star Tribune)

**Johnson shows Avs enthusiasm this season (Mile High Hockey)

**MacKinnon’s line has potential for greatness with Avs (The Denver Post)

NHL

**Leafs legend Johnny Bower dies at 93 (Pension Plan Puppets)

*Toronto loan Kasperi Kapanen to AHL’s Marlies (Pension Plan Puppets)

**Senators sign OHL-leading goal scorer Aaron Luchuk to ELC (Sportsnet)

**NHL's top 17 moments of 2017 (NHL.com)

**10 things to watch before All-Star break (NHL.com)

HOCKEY WORLD

**Who will be the 2018 World Juniors’ breakout star (SBN)

**5 reasons to watch 2018 World Juniors (SBN)

**2018 World Juniors rosters and key players to watch (SBN)