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Morning Bag Skate: 12-27-18

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

Minnesota Wild v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Blackhawks return from their Christmas break Thursday when they host the Wild at the United Center.

The IceHogs were shut out 4-0 by the Wild on Wednesday in Iowa. Rockford returns home to face the Wolves on Friday.

Elsewhere in Chicago sports, the Bulls fell 119-94 to the Timberwolves on Wednesday at the United Center. The Bulls (9-26) visits the Wizards on Friday in Washington, D.C.

BLACKHAWKS

Recap, highlights on Blackhawks prospects from Day 1 at World Juniors (SCH)

Barratt leads Team USA to win over Slovakia (SCH)

Watch: Barratt scores backhanded goal for Team USA (SCH)

Top 10 Blackhawks stories of 2018: Trading Ryan Hartman, Nick Schmaltz at No. 10 (SCH)

Top 10 Blackhawks stories of 2018: Scott Foster highlights honorable mentions (SCH)

Blackhawks among NHL teams to have new jerseys in 2019, per report (SCH)

World Juniors: Schedule, how to watch, score, Blackhawks results (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

4 Avs to play at World Juniors (Mile High Hockey)

Blues looking for momentum coming out of Christmas break (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

NHL

Canadiens recall Alzner from AHL (Habs Eyes On The Prize)

Kings goal songs, ranked (Jewels From The Crown)

5 biggest disappointments for Canucks this season (Nucks Misconduct)

Flames finally receiving contributions from 2nd rounders (Matchsticks and Gasoline)

HOCKEY WORLD

World Juniors: Frost leads Canada to blowout of Denmark (Habs Eyes On The Prize)

Why Jack Hughes could be best USNTDP product ever (Sportsnet)