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Morning Bag Skate: Artemi Panarin, Nick Schmaltz clash at World Championship

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Russia v Germany - 2016 IIHF World Championship Ice Hockey: Quarter Final Photo by Anna Sergeeva/Getty Images

Chicago Blackhawks forwards Artemi Panarin and Nick Schmaltz clash at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday for the top spot in Group A at the World Championship.

A win for Schmaltz and Team USA over Russia puts them into the quarterfinal game Thursday in Cologne against the fourth-place finisher from Group B. The U.S. can finish no lower than third in its group.

HAWKS

**Why the Hawks championship window runs through 2019 (SCH)

**Panarin gets back into groove at Worlds (Chicago Sun Times)

**Darling was Stars first choice, per report (SCH)

**Bowman denies firing Kitchen to send Quenneville a message (SCH)

**DeBrincat helps Erie win OHL championship (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**Rinne has strong rebound game (On The Forecheck)

**Cellblock 303 is loudest, rowdiest Preds fans (The Tennessean)

**Preds anthem singer unhappy about being upstaged by country acts (The Tennessean)

**Should Stars consider Ilya Kovalchuk? (Defending Big D)

**Stars will have plenty of cap space for roster upgrades (Defending Big D)

**Stars GM defends Bishop contract, checks goalie purge options (Puck Daddy)

**Bishop: Vegas ‘thinking younger’ for goalie search (Sportsnet)

**What will Jets do in goal? (Winnipeg Sun)

NHL

**Pyeongchang organizers believe NHL still considering Olympics (PHT)

**NHL’s top 17 UFAs of 2017: Latest rumors, reports (Sportsnet)

**RECAP: Kessel pushes Penguins past Sens to tie series (Pensburgh)

**Penguins’ Rust injured on high hit from Sens’ Phaneuf (SBN)

**Panthers to interview Caps assistant Reirden for head coaching job (PHT)

**Lightning sign star prospect Taylor Raddysh (Raw Charge)

**Russell puts Oilers at the top of his options (Edmonton Journal)

**Flames report card: Michael Frolik (Matchsticks and Gasoline)

**Flames report card: Troy Brouwer (Matchsticks and Gasoline)

**Should the Flames look at Jordan Eberle? (Matchsticks and Gasoline)

HOCKEY WORLD

**French star Da Costa drawing NHL interest (TSN)

**Isles prospect Barzal named MVP of WHL playoffs (Lighthouse Hockey)

**WHL Everett hires USHL Bloomington’s Williams (Everett Silvertips)

**USHL Bloomington name Watt head coach, Jewell as GM (The Pantagraph)

**Watch: Italy’s awful own goal at Worlds (PHT)