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Morning Bag Skate: Marcus Kruger to return for Blackhawks vs. Coyotes

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

Chicago Blackhawks v Phoenix Coyotes Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Chicago Blackhawks head to the desert looking to snap a three-game losing streak Thursday night when they face the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.

Kruger (illness) returned to practice Wednesday and is expected to play against the Coyotes.

HAWKS

**Bowman says not to expect any trades this season (SCH)

**Why isn’t Kane scoring on power play? (SCH)

**Campbell has jokes in latest ‘Soup and Sandwich’ web series (SCH)

**Goal drought drags on for Hawks’ second line (Sun Times)

**Hawks’ third-period woes continue (CSN)

**Hawks will need to adjust to NHL’s new goalie pants soon (SCH)

**Hawks prospect rankings midseason update (SCH)

**4 Hawks prospects named to 2017 Hobey Baker ballot (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**RECAP: Avs lose to Kings, fall to 4-24-2 during last 30 games (Denver Post)

**Iginla hopes for trade out of Colorado (Puck Daddy)

**RECAP: Flames end Wild's record 14-game road point streak (Hockey Wilderness)

**Blues fire Hitchcock, promote Yeo to head coach (St. Louis GameTime)

**Emotional GM Blues’ Armstrong claims responsibility (St. Louis GameTime)

NHL

**Midseason report: The road ahead for Western Conference playoff favorites (SBN)

**RECAP: Ovechkin powers Capitals past Bruins (Japers’ Rink)

**Penguins’ Sheary out 4-6 weeks (Pensburgh)

**Kings waive veteran defenseman Gilbert (PHT)

HOCKEY WORLD

**Bob McKenzie releases mid-term draft rankings (SBNCH)