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Morning Bag Skate: 12-9-18

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

Montreal Canadiens v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Blackhawks return to the ice Sunday when they host the Canadiens at the United Center.

Brandon Pirri scored a hat trick and Oscar Dansk stopped all 32 saves to hand the Rockford IceHogs a 4-0 loss on Saturday at BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford.

The Chicago Steel got back into the win column with a 2-1 home victory over the Omaha Lancers on Saturday at Fox Valley Ice Arena.

Elsewhere in Chicago sports, the Bulls suffered their worst loss in franchise history in a 133-77 to the Celtics at the United Center. The Bears host the Rams on Sunday night in a meeting between two division leaders. No word yet on whether former Fred Hoiberg will follow Joel Quenneville’s lead and tailgate with Bears fans.

BLACKHAWKS

Murphy activated, Forsling placed on IR (SCH)

Blackhawks prospect Artur Kayumov suspended 13 games for hit, punching ref (SCH)

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

RECAP: Avs give up 7 in loss to Lightning (Mile High Hockey)

RECAP: Flames defeat Preds for 5th straight win (On The Forecheck)

NHL

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)

Ducks sign GM Bob Murray to 2-year extension (Anaheim Calling)

RECAP: Flyers score 6 unanswered in win over Sabres (Broad Street Hockey)

RECAP: Scherbak scores in debut for Kings in win against Golden Knights (Jewels From The Crown)

RECAP: Bruins build big lead, stop Leafs’ streak (NHL)

Maple Leafs’ Hyman ejected after late hit on Bruins’ McAvoy (Stanley Cup of Chowder)

RECAP: Anderson, Dzingel lead Senators past Penguins in OT (Silver Seven Sens)

RECAP: Islanders score 3 straight, rally past Red Wings (Lighthouse Hockey)

RECAP: Rangers snap 3-game slide with SO win over Panthers (Blueshirt Banter)

RECAP: Holtby, Capitals shut out Blue Jackets (Japers’ Rink)

RECAP: Radil scores first NHL goal in Sharks win against Coyotes (Fear The Fin)

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)

OHL Roundup: DiPierto, 67’s down Olympiques (Sportsnet)

QMJHL Roundup: D’Astous scores 2 as Oceanic double up Phoenix (Sportsnet)