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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks visit Wild in big Central Division matchup

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

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Minnesota Wild Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks visit the Minnesota Wild in a Central Division clash Wednesday at Xcel Energy Center. It’s the lone NHL game on the schedule for the night.

HAWKS

**Hawks bracing for ‘our biggest game of the year’ (Sun Times)

**Former Hawk Bruce Cassidy named Bruins interim coach (SCH)

**Quenneville is now NHL’s longest tenure coach (SCH)

**Hawks unveil puntastic Valentine’s Day cards (SCH)

**Protecting Hawks’ cap coverage for next season (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**Jets’ Myers to miss 6-8 weeks after surgery (Arctic Ice Hockey)

**RECAP: McElhinney makes 25 saves in Leafs’ win over Stars (Defending Big D)

**RECAP: Allen, Blues shut out Senators (St. Louis GameTime)

**RECAP: Preds hand Canucks fourth straight loss (On The Forecheck)

**RECAP: Pominville gets four points in Wild win over Jets (Hockey Wilderness)

**RECAP: Rantanen’s hat trick propels Avs past Habs (Mile High Hockey)

NHL

**Bruins fire Julien, Cassidy named interim (Stanley Cup of Chowder)

**Who is Cassidy? (Stanley Cup of Chowder)

**Bruins shield themselves from blame by firing Julien (SBN)

**Bruins’ handling of Julien’s firing is embarrassing (Stanley Cup of Chowder)

**Vegas is swimming in unprecedented NHL expansion coaching pool (SBN)

**RECAP: Kane powers Sabres’ OT win over Sharks (Die By The Blade)

**RECAP: Lundqvist leads Rangers past Ducks, coach Vigneault gets 600th win (Blueshirt Banter)

**RECAP: Johnson leads Flames to shootout win over Penguins (Matchsticks and Gasoline)

**RECAP: Holtby, Capitals shut out Hurricanes (Japers’ Rink)

**RECAP: Jones, Blue Jackets defeat Red Wings in OT (Winging It In Motown)

**RECAP: Bishop, Lightning shut out Kings (Raw Charge)

**Flyers lose Konecny for 4-6 weeks (Broad Street Hockey)

HOCKEY WORLD

**Watch: Frolunda’s wild Champions Hockey League victory (Puck Daddy)