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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks open preseason in Columbus

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The Chicago Blackhawks drop the puck on the preseason Tuesday when they visit the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

HAWKS

**Can Panik improve upon his breakout 2016-17 season? (SCH)

**What does Pokka’s future hold with the Hawks? (SCH)

**Schmaltz should be Blackhawks’ 2nd-line center on opening day (SCH)

**Roster math, not performance, could decide Hayden’s fate (Chicago Sun Times)

**Anisimov not worried about possible demotion to third line (Chicago Sun Times)

**Franson has something to prove with Hawks (Chicago Tribune)

**Rutta embracing Chicago both on and off the ice (CSN)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**RECAP: Malone scores in shootout to send Wild past Jets (NHL)

**Wild extend captain Koivu’s contract for 2 years, $11M (Hockey Wilderness)

**Wild T25U25: Goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen at No. 15 (Hockey Wilderness)

**Preds players will have say on who next captain is (The Tennessean)

**Data Analysis: What does Ellis’ injury mean for Preds? (On The Forecheck)

**Rutherford: From Tage to Tippett, here are some early impressions from Blues' camp (The Athletic)

**New Blues linemates for Blais (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Stars will keep top pick Heiskanen in Finland (PHT)

**Avalanche cuts five players from training camp (Mile High Hockey)

**Kerfoot, Toninato will help Avs sooner than you expect (Mile High Hockey)

NHL

**RECAP: Ryan scores twice as Canes beat Sabres in preseason opener (Canes Country)

**RECAP: Schaller scores late to give Bruins win over Habs (Stanley Cup of Chowder)

**RECAP: Pionk, Rangers defeat Islanders in OT (Blueshirt Banter)

**RECAP: Hischier scores in debut for Devils (All About The Jersey)

**RECAP: Hoffman scores twice early, Sens cruise past Maple Leafs (Silver Seven)

**Duhatschek: One-on-one with Gretzky on NHL in China, being a grandfather, Connor McDavid (The Athletic)

**Portzline: Still with Blue Jackets, Ryan Murray seeks to elevate play (The Athletic)

HOCKEY WORLD

**Top 25 Under 25 in women’s hockey: Follow the countdown (The Ice Garden)

**Top 25 Under 25: Lindenwood goalie Nicole Hensley at No. 12 (The Ice Garden)

**Top 25 Under 25: Wisconsin forward Annie Pankowski at No. 13 (The Ice Garden)