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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks return from break vs. Ducks

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

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The Chicago Blackhawks return from a four-day break Thursday when they host the Anaheim Ducks at United Center.

HAWKS

**Oduya expected to return vs. Ducks (SCH)

**NHL salary cap projected to increase to $75.5-76 million next season (SCH)

**Prospects Louis, Snuggerud named to NCHC All-Conference teams (SCH)

**Snuggerud has developed into skilled defenseman (The Athletic)

**Schmaltz, Hartman have turned corner in young careers (Chicago Tribune)

**Former Hawk Brent Sopel talks alcohol, dyslexia (The Players’ Tribune)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**RECAP: Stars’ PK woes continue in loss to Senators (Defending Big D)

**RECAP: Mid-game burst from Penguins topples Jets at home (Winnipeg Free Press)

**2 fights, an ejection highlight electric first period between Penguins, Jets (SBN)

**Stars sign Cracknell to 1-year extension (Defending Big D)

**Avs celebrate International Women's Day by reminding us they objectify them (theScore)

NHL

**NHL GM meetings: 2018 Olympics unlikely while league mulls bye week changes (SBN)

**RECAP: Bruins score four in first period, defeat Red Wings (NHL.com)

**Rangers sign prospect Day to ELC (Blueshirt Banter)

HOCKEY WORLD

**Canada brings back Ducharme as World Juniors coach (PHT)

**OHL Wednesday roundup (OHL)