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Morning Bag Skate: 12-12-18

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

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Winnipeg Jets James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports

The Blackhawks dropped their eighth straight game in a 6-3 loss to the Jets on Tuesday at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg. Chicago plays the second half of a back-to-back Wednesday against the Penguins at the United Center.

Elsewhere in Chicago sports, the White Sox acquired right-handed starter Ivan Nova from the Pirates in exchange for pitcher Yordi Rosario and international spending money. Cubs will reportedly lose bench coach Brandon Hyde, who will take the managerial job for the Orioles. For the third straight year, the Fire did not have a player selected in an MLS expansion draft.

BLACKHAWKS

RECAP: Blackhawks drop 8th straight in 6-3 loss to Jets (SCH)

Watch: Ward makes incredible save on Jets’ Connor (SCH)

No tanks: Blackhawks players aren’t waiting around for Jack Hughes to come save the day (The Athletic)

3 Stars of the Week: Beaudin’s point streak continues (SCH)

Boqvist becoming driving force in OHL (NBC Sports Chicago)

Buy our ‘Thank Q’ mustache T-shirt (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

RECAP: Blues blow 2-goal lead in 3rd, recover for 4-3 win over Panthers (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

RECAP: Rinne, Predators stifle Senators (On The Forecheck)

RECAP: Wild score 7 in win against Canadiens (Hockey Wilderness)

RECAP: Rantanen’s 4-point night spoiled in Avs loss to Oilers (Mile High Hockey)

Avs fan shatters penalty box glass (PHT)

NHL

A lot of really good 2019 UFAs haven’t signed extensions yet. Why that’s rare and usually bad news for their team (The Athletic)

Mock expansion draft: What the Seattle NHL team might look like in 2021 (The Athletic)

RECAP: Marchand’s 2 goals help Bruins win 14th straight against Coyotes (Stanley Cup of Chowder)

Backes leaves game after taking Ekman-Larsson’s skate to face (Stanley Cup of Chowder)

RECAP: Skinner, Sabres rally past Kings in OT (Die By The Blade)

RECAP: Nylander gets first points in Maple Leafs win against Hurricanes (Pension Plan Puppets)

RECAP: Canucks defeat Blue Jackets with 3 goals in 3rd period (NHL)

RECAP: Ovechkin gets hat trick in Capitals win against Red Wings (Japers’ Rink)

HOCKEY WORLD

OHL Roundup: Pearson scores winner to lift Attack over Storm (Sportsnet)

Leafs prospect Liljegren questionable for WJC with injury (Sportsnet)

Undrafted Brett Leason has strong case to represent Canada at WJC (Sportsnet)