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Morning Bag Skate: 12-7-18

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

Chicago Blackhawks v Vegas Golden Knights Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The Blackhawks allowed the first goal for the ninth consecutive game in its sixth straight loss with a 4-3 setback against the Golden Knights on Thursday in Las Vegas. Chicago is off until Sunday, when it hosts the Canadiens.

The IceHogs host the Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday in Rockford. The Steel take their eight-game win streak west to visit the Des Moines Buccaneers.

Elsewhere in Chicago sports, the Bulls host the Thunder at the United Center.

BLACKHAWKS

RECAP: Blackhawks drop 6th straight in 4-3 loss to Golden Knights (SCH)

Blackhawks veterans putting on a brave face in effort to prevent ‘losing culture’ from seeping in (The Athletic)

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

CENTRAL DIVISION

RECAP: Rantanen extends point streak to 10 in Avs win against Panthers (Mile High Hockey)

RECAP: Koivu injured in Wild’s shutout loss to Flames (Hockey Wilderness)

Flames’ Lomberg ejected for jumping Wild’s Dumba after questionable hit (PHT)

RECAP: Pettersson helps Canucks top Preds (On The Forecheck)

NHL

NHL’s impending contract crisis: Expensive young stars, overpaid veterans and a shrinking middle class (The Athletic)

Who will be next NHL commissioner? (The Athletic)

Wilson out with concussion from Reaves hit (The Washington Post)

Reaves signed photos of injured Wilson. They’ve been destroyed, Vegas says (The Washington Post)

RECAP: Larkin, Red Wings spoil Nylander’s return for Maple Leafs in OT (Winging It In Motown)

RECAP: Jones scores 2nd of night in OT, Blue Jackets defeat Flyers (Jackets Cannon)

RECAP: Kessel’s 4 points power Penguins past Islanders (Pensburgh)

RECAP: Canadiens handle Senators, sweep home-and-home (NHL)

RECAP: Domingue, Lightning hold off Bruins for 5th straight win (Raw Charge)

RECAP: Burakovsky’s late goal lifts Capitals past Coyotes (Japers’ Rink)

Bruins claim Gemel Smith off waivers from Stars (Stanley Cup of Chowder)

HOCKEY WORLD

How the BCHL has adapted to hockey’s rapid evolution and where it goes from here (The Athletic)

OHL Roundup: Robertson’s hat trick helps Niagara to 4th straight win (Sportsnet)

QMJHL Roundup: Abbandonato, Harvey-Pinard lead Huskies over Phoenix (Sportsnet)

Edmonton-Red Deer World Juniors certain to be success (Sportsnet)