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Morning Bag Skate: 10-4-18

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

Chicago Blackhawks v Ottawa Senators Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images

The Chicago Blackhawks drop the puck on their regular season Thursday against the Senators in Ottawa.

Chicago prospect Philipp Kurashev had a goal, two assists, four shots and won 9 of 18 faceoffs for Quebec in a 6-2 win over Halifax in the QMJHL. Goaltender Alexis Gravel made 27 saves in his first loss of the QMJHL season, while Jake Ryczek had two shots.

Nicolas Beaudin had an assist and one shot in Drummondville’s 3-1 victory over Victoriaville.

BLACKHAWKS

SCH’s season predictions (SCH)

SCH’s NHL Awards predictions (SCH)

Jokiharju is so chill before his NHL debut (SCH)

Hawks place Crawford, Forsling, Murphy on IR (SCH)

Hawks preview: Forwards (SCH)

Roster breakdown: Everything you need to know for opening night (The Athletic)

Ward ready for challenge of filling in for Crawford (Chicago Sun-Times)

Hawks embrace underdog mentality, but making playoffs remains top priority (Chicago Sun-Times)

10 improvements the Blackhawks have to make to return to the postseason (The Athletic)

CENTRAL DIVISION

Wild trade Olofsson to Canadiens for Bitten (Hockey Wilderness)

He made the Avs’ roster, but who exactly is Sheldon Dries? (The Athletic)

NHL

Video: Capitals raise Stanley Cup banner (PHT)

Habs’ Lehkonen scores first goal of season (Habs Eyes On The Prize)

NHL suspends Capitals’ Wilson for 20 games for illegal check on Blues’ Sundqvist (PHT)

RECAP: Capitals score 7, shut out Bruins (Japers’ Rink)

RECAP: Matthews wins it in OT for Maple Leafs over Habs (Pension Plan Puppets)

Watch: Tavares scores first career goal with Maple Leafs (Pension Plan Puppets)

RECAP: Pettersson scores for Canucks in NHL debut against Flames (NHL)

RECAP: Gibson shines in Ducks win over Sharks (Anaheim Calling)

Senators’ Tkachuk to miss season opener with mild groin strain (The Score)

Hurricanes owner: Progress being made on potential outdoor game (The News&Observer)

Sabres name Jack Eichel captain (Die By The Blade)

Pronman: NHL rookie rankings at the opening of the season (The Athletic)

HOCKEY WORLD

Kelowna selected as host city for 2020 Memorial Cup (Sportsnet)

NWHL to stream games on Twitter again (The Ice Garden)