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Morning Bag Skate: 12-14-18

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

Winnipeg Jets v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Blackhawks play the second game of their four-game homestand Friday against the Jets at the United Center.

The IceHogs start a three-game slate Friday against the Griffins in Grand Rapids.

Elsewhere in Chicago sports, the Bulls fell 97-91 to the Magic on Thursday in Mexico City.

BLACKHAWKS

Hawks place Rutta on waivers (SCH)

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Andreas Martinsen? (The Athletic)

Number Munchers: Checking shot percentage trends (SCH)

Podcast: Reactions on Hawks win, recent call ups (SCH)

Stock Report: 3 up, 3 down from Hawks’ win over Penguins (SCH)

Watch: McGuire has awkward interview with Toews (SCH)

Weezer to headline 2019 Winter Classic (SCH)

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

CENTRAL DIVISION

The genesis of how Rantanen became one of the NHL’s best playmakers (The Athletic)

Blues’ Pietrangelo undergoes hand surgery (The Score)

RECAP: Preds recover to defeat Canucks on Sissons OT goal (On The Forecheck)

RECAP: Niederreiter, Suter help Wild send Panthers to 4th straight loss (NHL)

Stars rookie Heiskanen living up to Texas-sized expectations (ESPN)

RECAP: Jets recover for OT win to end Oilers streak (NHL)

Hellebuyck back on track as Jets make case as West’s best (Sportsnet)

NHL

RECAP: Sabres send Coyotes to 4th straight loss (Die By The Blade)

RECAP: Panarin scores twice in Blue Jackets win against Kings (Jackets Cannon)

RECAP: Canadiens hold off Hurricanes, 4th straight win for Price (NHL)

RECAP: Vasilevskiy’s 48 saves help Lightning top Maple Leafs, win 8th straight (NHL)

HOCKEY WORLD

2019 NHL Draft Prospect Rankings: December (Sportsnet)

OHL Roundup: Lodnia scores twice as IceDogs edge Bulldogs (Sportsnet)

Cozens, Dach headline selections for CHL Top Prospects Game (Sportsnet)