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Morning Bag Skate: 12-29-18

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

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Chicago Blackhawks v Colorado Avalanche Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

The Blackhawks close out the 2018 calendar year by visiting the Avalanche on Saturday at the Pepsi Center.

The IceHogs allowed three unanswered goals in the second period in a 4-2 home loss to the Wolves on Friday. The two teams meet again Saturday night in Rosemont.

Elsewhere in Chicago sports, the Fire traded defender Jonathan Campbell (2016 No. 12 pick) to Seattle for a 2020 fourth-round pick. Zach Levine scored 24 points to lead the Bulls to a 101-92 road win against the Wizards on Friday in Washington, D.C.


Blackhawks activate Kruger from IR, re-assign Nilsson (SCH)

RECAP: Road team wins 6th straight in series as Wolves top Rockford (IceHogs)

Delia stays steady in pursuit of starting job (Chicago Sun-Times)

Gustafsson is having breakout season, but still hasn’t reached his potential (Chicago Tribune)

Stanley Cup will be at Millennium Park for 3-day Winter Classic fan festival (SCH)

Q&A with Jackie Redmond from NHL Network (SCH)

Watch: Winter Classic rink time lapse at Notre Dame Stadium (SCH)

Recap, highlights on Blackhawks prospects from Day 3 at World Juniors (SCH)

Top 10 Blackhawks stories of 2018: Drafting 2 defenseman in first round at No. 6 (SCH)

Top 10 Blackhawks stories of 2018: Jokiharju’s leap to NHL at No. 7 (SCH)

Inside Colliton’s journey to become Blackhawks’ head coach (ESPN)

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


Stars ownership, management go on expletive-laden tirade over poor performance from Benn and Seguin (The Athletic)

Cowlishaw: It wasn’t just Benn, Seguin — Stars CEO Lites was going after media, too (Dallas Morning News)

Stars have bigger problem than Benn, Seguin’s play (Defending Big D)

Jets’ Byfuglien fined 2.5K for slashing Flames’ Gaudreau (Arctic Ice Hockey)

A perfect match: How a bone-marrow donation by a Blues fan saved the life of an Alabama teen (The Athletic)


RECAP: Niemi, Canadiens defeat Panthers to start busy road trip (NHL)

RECAP: Barzal’s 2 goals help Islanders rally past Senators (Lighthouse Hockey)

RECAP: Marner paces Maple Leafs past Blue Jackets for 5th straight win (Pension Plan Puppets)

Sens’ Chabot, the player and person, starting to thrive both on and off the ice (The Athletic)

Bruins’ Backes suspended three games for illegal check to head (PHT)

Ducks acquire Trevor Murphy, place Jake Dotchin on waivers (Anaheim Calling)


Nathan Oystrick steps down as Humboldt Broncos head coach, GM (PHT)

OHL: Perreault has 4 points to lead String past Attack (Sportsnet)

QMJHL: Sokolov leads Screaming Eagles in win over Wildcats (Sportsnet)