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Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks host Capitals amid 8-game skid

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

Chicago Blackhawks v Washington Capitals Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The Chicago Blackhawks have lost eight games in a row, its longest losing streak in six years. But they’ll get another chance at snapping it on Saturday night when they host Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals at the United Center.

BLACKHAWKS

**RECAP: Hawks surrender 2-goal lead to Ducks, lose 8th straight game (SCH)

**Former Blackhawk of the Week: Josef Marha (SCH)

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

**Five reasons the Blackhawks are going from the No. 1 seed to missing the playoffs (SB Nation)

**Blackhawks hedging, a little, on Corey Crawford’s return (Chicago Tribune)

**Patrick Kane mired in scoring slump as Blackhawks keep plummeting (Chicago Sun-Times)

**How Blackhawks should approach trade deadline (NBC Sports Chicago)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**RECAP: Colorado Avalanche smoked 6-1 by Winnipeg Jets (Mile High Hockey)

**RECAP: Dallas Stars come out of break in a big way (Defending Big D)

**Landeskog says Avalanche good enough to make playoffs (NHL.com)

NHL

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

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

**RECAP: Flyers finally win in Columbus (Broad Street Hockey)

**RECAP: Islanders shut out Hurricanes 3-0 (Lighthouse Hockey)

**Backlund signs six-year contract with Flames (NHL.com)

HOCKEY WORLD

**Czech Republic defeat Canada in shootout (TSN)

**Olympic hockey schedule for February 17 (SB Nation)

**Donato’s 2 goals leads USA men over Slovakia 2-1 in Olympic preliminary (SBN)