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Morning Bag Skate: USA Hockey to unveil preliminary roster for World Junior Championship

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

Russia v USA - 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images

USA Hockey will unveil its preliminary roster for the upcoming World Junior Hockey Championship at 4 p.m. Tuesday on NHL Network. Canada's preliminary roster for the tournament will be revealed at noon Wednesday.

The 2018 World Junior Hockey Championship will begin Dec. 26 and run through Jan. 5, 2018, in Buffalo. The U.S. defeated Canada for gold at the last tournament, prevailing 5-4 in a shootout in Montreal.

HAWKS

**Second City Hockey is looking for paid contributors (SCH)

**Could DeBrincat be biggest steal of 2016 NHL draft? (SCH)

**RECAP: Power(less) play dooms Blackhawks in 3-1 loss to Kings (SCH)

**What will be the Blackhawks’ 1st big move of the season? (SCH)

**Quenneville shows patience with Panik’s prolonged slump (Chicago Sun Times)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**RECAP: Smith propels Predators past Bruins (On The Forecheck)

**Stars’ yellow skate laces are latest in a line of historic NHL traditions (SBN)

**Struggling Avs confident it can shake slide and not repeat last season’s historic misery (The Denver Post)

**Blues are finding goals scarce these days (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

NHL

**KeyArena MOU approved by Seattle City Council; will NHL announcement soon follow? (The Seattle Times)

**RECAP: Flyers defeat Flames to end losing streak at 10 (Broad Street Hockey)

**Flames’ Travis Hamonic ejected for hit to head (Sportsnet)

**RECAP: Ovechkin moves up NHL goals list, Capitals top Sharks (Japers’ Rink)

**RECAP: Islanders top Panthers in shootout (Lighthouse Hockey)

**Detroit acquires 5th-round pick in 2019 NHL draft from Buffalo for Wilson (Winging It In Motown)

**Coyotes sign Pierre-Olivier Joseph to entry-level deal (Sportsnet)

HOCKEY WORLD

**Keenan out as coach/GM of KHL’s Kunlun Red Star (ESPN)

**San Jose’s Sommer becomes first AHL head coach to earn 700 wins (Fear The Fin)