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Morning Bag Skate: 12-23-18

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

Florida Panthers v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Happy Festivus!

The Blackhawks look to build on their season-high three-game winning streak when they host the Panthers on Sunday night at the United Center.

Elsewhere in Chicago sports, the Cubs signed right-handed pitcher Kendall Graveman. The NFC North Division champion Bears visit the 49ers on Sunday, while the Bulls will play the Cavaliers in Cleveland.

BLACKHAWKS

Blackhawks recall Nilsson, assign Johnson to AHL (SCH)

Joy is back for Blackhawks amid best run of season (Chicago Sun-Times)

3 up, 3 down from Blackhawks’ 3rd straight win (SCH)

Carcillo wants NHL to better protect players from brain injuries (SBN)

Blackhawks prospect Jake Wise out for season with undisclosed injury (SCH)

How the Blackhawks put together their first 3-game winning streak (The Athletic)

CENTRAL DIVISION

RECAP: Preds fall to Bruins for 4th straight loss (On The Forecheck)

RECAP: Perron has 2 points to help Blues defeat Flames (NHL)

RECAP: Coyotes get past Avs on late goal (Mile High Hockey)

Avs’ Wilson will miss ‘weeks’ with shoulder injury (Mile High Hockey)

RECAP: Radulov scores with 10 seconds left in OT, Stars defeat Wild (Defending Big D)

NHL

RECAP: Atkinson, Blue Jackets hold off Flyers for 3rd straight win (Jackets Cannon)

RECAP: Luongo, Huberdeau help Panthers edge Red Wings (NHL)

RECAP: Danault hat trick helps Canadiens rally past Golden Knights in OT (NHL)

RECAP: Kovalchuk scores twice in return, Kings top Sharks in OT (Jewels From The Crown)

RECAP: Ullmark makes 40 saves, Sabres shut out Ducks (Die By The Blade)

Sabres announcer Rick Jeanneret stretchered from arena during game (The Score)

RECAP: Marner scores twice in Maple Leafs win against Rangers (Pension Plan Puppets)

Maple Leafs’ Ennis suffers broken ankle (Pension Plan Puppets)

RECAP: Copley gets first NHL shutout, Capitals blank Senators (Japers’ Rink)

RECAP: Murray makes 39 saves, Penguins shut out Hurricanes (Pensburgh)

HOCKEY WORLD

World juniors preview: European prospects to watch (The Athletic)