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Morning Bag Skate: 12-2-18

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

Calgary Flames v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Blackhawks allowed four first-period goals in a 5-2 loss to the Predators on Saturday in Nashville. Chicago plays the second half of a back-to-back Sunday when they host the Flames at the United Center.

The IceHogs didn’t do any better against Nashville’s AHL club, with a 3-0 loss to the Admirals in Rockford. The IceHogs host the Rampage on Sunday afternoon.

Elsewhere in Chicago sports, Lauri Markkanen had 10 points and four rebounds in his season debut for the Bulls in a 121-105 loss to the Rockets in Houston. The USHL’s Steel hammered the Flying Aces 5-1 in Bloomington to increase their win streak to seven games.

The NFC North Division-leading Bears visit the Giants on Sunday.

BLACKHAWKS

RECAP: Hawks blasted early again in 5-2 loss to Preds (SCH)

Keith ejected after fight against Preds’ Salomaki (SCH)

RECAP: IceHogs offense sputters as Admirals blank Rockford (IceHogs)

Hawks plan to go ‘all in’ for Panarin, per report (SCH)

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

CENTRAL DIVISION

Predators’ Forsberg placed on IR, out 4-6 weeks (The Score)

RECAP: Radulov, Bishop lift Stars past Canucks (Defending Big D)

RECAP: Kadri’s late goal helps Maple Leafs top Wild (Hockey Wilderness)

RECAP: Scheifele lifts Jets past Devils in OT (NHL)

RECAP: Fabbri hurt as Blues blown out by Coyotes (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

NHL

Nylander, Maple Leafs agree to six-year, $41.4M extension (PHT)

Leafs GM reaches out to Blue Jackets fan who sparked Twitter frenzy (The Score)

RECAP: Karlsson, Sharks lose to Sens in d-man’s return to Ottawa (Silver Seven Sens)

Senators pay tribute to Karlsson in Ottawa return (Silver Seven Sens)

RECAP: Red Wings top Bruins, end 9-game skid at TD Garden (Winging It In Motown)

RECAP: Weber scores twice for Canadiens in win against Rangers (NHL)

RECAP: Lightning storm back to defeat Panthers in OT (Raw Charge)

RECAP: Islanders rally past Blue Jackets in return to Nassau Coliseum (Lighthouse Hockey)

RECAP: Stolarz makes 30 saves for Flyers in win against Penguins (Broad Street Hockey)

RECAP: Oilers snap Golden Knights’ 5-game win streak (Copper N Blue)

Capitals’ Wilson will not be disciplined for hit on Devils’ Seney (The Score)

HOCKEY WORLD

USHL: Steel cruise past Flying Aces for 7th straight win (Steel)

OHL Roundup: Howdeshell, Frost lead Greyhounds in win over Spirit (Sportsnet)

QMJHL Roundup: Peyton Hoyt scores twice, Armada down Wildcats (Sportsnet)

WHL Roundup: Elder scores OT winner as Hitmen beat Oil Kings (Sportsnet)