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Morning Bag Skate: 12-15-18

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NHL: Winnipeg Jets at Chicago Blackhawks David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The Blackhawks fell 4-3 in overtime to the Jets on Friday at the United Center. Chicago has Saturday off before hosting the Sharks on Sunday.

Luke Johnson scored twice, including the game-winner in overtime to lift the IceHogs to a 3-2 win over the Griffins in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The IceHogs return to Rockford to host the Texas Stars on Saturday.

Chicago Steel couldn’t keep up with the Phantoms in a 6-5 loss in Youngstown, Ohio. The two teams play the second game of their three-game weekend series Saturday.

Elsewhere in Chicago sports, the Bulls visit the Spurs on Saturday.


RECAP: Blackhawks fall 4-3 in OT to Jets (SCH)

Powers: Blackhawks still need to find the optimal defensive group (The Athletic)

Blackhawks prospect Ian Mitchell makes Canada’s World Juniors team (SCH)

Crawford to wear retro mask for Winter Classic (SCH)

Number Munchers: Checking shot percentage trends (SCH)

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


RECAP: O’Reilly scores shorthanded to lift Blues past Avs in OT (NHL)

The Poile way: GM David Poile and son, Brian, work well together. What does that mean for Preds’ future? (The Athletic)

Third-line center? Wild captain Mikko Koivu nearing return, but it looks like initially it won’t be at his usual spot (The Athletic)

Hannah Brandt joins Wild practice, does her best Granlund impression (The Athletic)


RECAP: Hischier, Devils rally past Golden Knights in OT (All About The Jersey)

RECAP: Coyotes end 9-game losing streak to Rangers (NHL)

RECAP: Penguins recover, end Bruins win streak (Pensburgh)

RECAP: Tierney scores twice in Senators win against Red Wings (Silver Seven Sens)

RECAP: Ovechkin hat trick extends streak in Capitals win against Hurricanes (Japers’ Rink)

RECAP: McDavid has 2 goals, assist in Oilers win against Flyers (NHL)

Green to miss 3-5 weeks; Red Wings recall Hronek (Winging It In Motown)


USHL: Chicago drops barnburner in Youngstown (Steel)

2019 NHL Draft Prospect Rankings: December (Sportsnet)

Canada’s Alex Formenton to miss World Juniors with injury (Sportsnet)

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

QMJHL Roundup: Laferriere leads Screaming Eagles in win over Titan (Sportsnet)