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Morning Bag Skate: 12-8-18

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

NHL: Preseason-Ottawa Senators at Chicago Blackhawks Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

The Blackhawks are off until Sunday when they host the Canadiens at the United Center.

Dylan Sikura scored the game-tying and game-winning goals to lead the IceHogs to a 3-2 overtime victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday in Rockford. The IceHogs host the Chicago Wolves on Saturday.

The Chicago Steel’s eight-game winning streak came to an end in a 3-1 loss to the Buccaneers in Des Moines. The Steel return home to face the Omaha Lancers on Saturday at Fox Valley Ice Arena.

Elsewhere in Chicago sports, Lauri Markkanen’s layup in the closing seconds helped the Bulls snap their eight-game losing streak with a 114-112 victory over the Thunder at the United Center. The Bulls host the Celtics on Saturday.

BLACKHAWKS

Stock Report: 3 up, 3 down from Blackhawks’ 6th straight loss (SCH)

Report: Blackhawks looking to trade Manning, Rutta (SCH)

Blackhawks prospect Artur Kayumov ejected after punching KHL referee (SCH)

RECAP: Dylan Sikura leads IceHogs past Griffins in OT (IceHogs)

Murphy not here to ‘save the day,’ but Blackhawks sure could use the help (The Athletic)

Q&A: Adrian Aucoin, the last NHL player (probably) to use wooden sticks (The Athletic)

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

CENTRAL DIVISION

Central Intelligence roundtable: The struggles in St. Louis and the future with the Coyotes (The Athletic)

RECAP: Stars top Sharks for 4th straight win (Defending Big D)

RECAP: Wild give up 7 goals in loss to Oilers (NHL)

RECAP: Blues, Allen shut out Jets (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

NHL

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

Hockey’s Top 40 under 40: The coaches, executives, scouts and negotiators shaping the NHL’s future (The Athletic)

NHL’s best young skaters all have something in common — how they tie their skates (The Athletic)

Flames’ Giordano suspended 2 games for kneeing Koivu (Matchsticks and Gasoline)

HOCKEY WORLD

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

Hockey’s most expensive position is trying to become more accessible (The Athletic)

NWHL: Buffalo fires coach Cody Seiling; Cody McCormick named interim coach (Die By The Blade)

CWHL announces final 11 All-Stars (The Ice Garden)

OHL Roundup: 67’s suffer first regulation time loss since Oct. 3 (Sportsnet)

QMJHL Roundup: Olympiques down 67’s to take Game 1 of Alexandra Cup (Sportsnet)