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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks to host Ducks

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

Anaheim Ducks v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Chicago Blackhawks return from their road trip Thursday when they host the Anaheim Ducks at United Center.

This is the second of three meetings this season. Chicago won the first matchup 7-3 on Nov. 27.

BLACKHAWKS

**Hawks place goaltender Glass on waivers (SCH)

**Hawks guide to men’s Olympic hockey tournament (SCH)

**Hawks in unfamiliar spot as trade deadline approaches (The Athletic)

**Missing the Olympics just another disappointment for Blackhawks stars (Chicago Sun-Times)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**RECAP: Varlamov makes 44 saves, Avs shut out Canadiens (Mile High Hockey)

**Some Blues lament the NHL bypassing Olympics (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Blues send rookie Thompson to AHL (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

NHL

**City of Seattle officially files application for NHL expansion team (SBN)

**Tracking every trade rumor heading into the deadline (SBN)

**Tracking every completed trade before the trade deadline (SBN)

**RECAP: Andersen makes 54 saves for Maple Leafs in win against Blue Jackets (Pension Plan Puppets)

**How Matthews uses his skates as a tool unlike any other player (The Athletic)

**RECAP: Panthers score 4 in 1st to defeat Canucks (NHL.com)

**Canucks sign GM Benning to multi-year extension (PHT)

**From soccer to football to the NHL, Rangers’ Vinni Lettieri cut his own path to the top (The Athletic)

HOCKEY WORLD

**RECAP: Olympics Day 4 (The Ice Garden)

**Canada bests Team USA 2-1 in women’s Olympic hockey preliminary match (SBN)

**RECAP: USA men fall to Slovenia in OT (SBN)

**3 things we learned from USA men’s loss to Slovenia (SBN)

**What do Team USA’s and OAR’s upset losses mean? (SBN)

**QMJHL Roundup: Alexeyev’s four-point night leads Phoenix past Sea Dogs (Sportsnet)

**WHL Roundup: Sawchuk, Aucoin leads Americans in win over Hurricanes (Sportsnet)

**Arkansas wins SEC tournament (On The Forecheck)