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Morning Bag Skate: 12-5-18

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

Chicago Blackhawks v Anaheim Ducks Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

The Blackhawks visit the Ducks on Wednesday at Honda Center in Anaheim.

Gunnarwolfe Fontaine scored his first two USHL goals to lead the Chicago Steel to their eighth straight win with a 3-2 victory over the Cedar Rapids Roughriders.

Elsewhere in Chicago sports, the Jim Boylen era for the Bulls started off with a 96-90 loss to the Pacers.

BLACKHAWKS

Murphy cleared for contact (SCH)

What to know about the Blackhawks and 2021 NHL expansion draft (SCH)

Blackhawks to get new Central Division foe in 2021 with Coyotes (SCH)

Number Munchers: Examining Blackhawks PDO (SCH)

Barratt surprising himself with special college season (The Athletic)

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

CENTRAL DIVISION

RECAP: Jets top Islanders with 2 quick goals in 3rd (NHL)

RECAP: Hornqvist’s hat trick for Penguins ends Avs’ 11-game point streak (Mile High Hockey)

RECAP: Fiala helps Preds hand Sabres third straight loss (On The Forecheck)

RECAP: Stars rout McDavid-less Oilers (Defending Big D)

Why are the Blues whistled for so many ‘too many men on the ice’ penalties? (The Athletic)

NHL

Seattle lands expansion franchise as NHL adds 32nd team (Sonics Rising)

How much money can Seattle NHL fans expect to pay for tickets? More than in most sports (The Seattle Times)

‘We’re all in’: After years of waiting, Seattle gathers to toast its newly awarded NHL franchise (The Seattle Times)

3 reasons Seattle’s NHL team could avoid city’s past franchise failures (The Seattle Times)

RECAP: Schmidt helps Golden Knights defeat Capitals in Stanley Cup Final rematch (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

RECAP: Luongo makes 33 saves for Panthers in shutout against Bruins (NHL)

RECAP: Flames torch Blue Jackets with 9 goals (Matchsticks and Gasoline)

RECAP: Matthews’ OT goal gives Maple Leafs win over Sabres (Pension Plan Puppets)

RECAP: Domi, Drouin each scores 3 points in Canadiens win against Senators (NHL)

RECAP: Pasquale wins NHL debut, Lightning top Red Wings in shootout (Raw Charge)

Red Wings’ Mantha out 4-6 weeks with hand injury (The Score)

HOCKEY WORLD

USHL: Steel down Roughriders to win 8th straight (Steel)

13 players who should be CWHL All-Stars (The Ice Garden)