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Morning Bag Skate: 12-24-18

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

NHL: Florida Panthers at Chicago Blackhawks Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

The Blackhawks fell 6-3 to the Panthers on Sunday night at the United Center.

Elsewhere in Chicago sports, the NFC North Division champion Bears improved to 11-4 after holding off the 49ers, 14-9, in Santa Clara, California. Lauri Markkanen scored 31 points and the Bulls won consecutive games for the first time this season, beating the Cavaliers 112-92 in Cleveland.

BLACKHAWKS

RECAP: Hawks’ 3-game streak ends in loss to Panthers (SCH)

Boqvist will play for Sweden at World Juniors (SCH)

Barratt makes U.S.’ World Juniors team (SCH)

Manning not demanding a trade, but is certainly open to one (The Athletic)

CENTRAL DIVISION

RECAP: Islanders send Stars to Christmas break with stinging loss (Defending Big D)

Predators’ Hartman fined $1K for spearing Bruins’ Wagner (The Score)

Finding the right second-line combination could be key to unlocking success for the Avs (The Athletic)

NHL

RECAP: Blue Jackets, Bobrovsky shut out Devils (Jackets Cannon)

RECAP: Hurricanes score twice on PK, defeat Bruins on Whalers Night (Canes Country)

RECAP: Neuvirth makes 32 saves, Flyers defeat Rangers in shootout (Broad Street Hockey)

RECAP: Kapanen’s 2nd goal helps Maple Leafs rally past Red Wings in OT (Pension Plan Puppets)

RECAP: Kings defeat Golden Knights on Toffoli OT goal (NHL)

RECAP: Galchenyuk scores 2 goals, Coyotes top Sharks in shootout (NHL)

NHL suspends Sharks’ Karlsson two games for illegal check to head (Fear The Fin)

HOCKEY WORLD

Notable college seniors who weren’t picked in the NWHL Draft (The Ice Garden)