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Morning Bag Skate: 9-18-18

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

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NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Columbus Blue Jackets Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks open their preseason schedule at 6 p.m. Tuesday against the Blue Jackets in Columbus. Cam Ward and Collin Delia will be Chicago’s goaltenders for the game.

Another important non-baseball game will be played Tuesday as the Chicago Red Stars face the North Carolina Courage in the NWSL semifinal at 8 p.m. in Portland. The winner will meet the Portland Thorns in Saturday’s title match. Be sure to check out SB Nation’s Chicago soccer site, Hot Time In Old Town, for news and updates.


**Ejdsell feels confident early in camp (Chicago Sun-Times)

**Kunitz still key player as he moves into twilight of his career (Chicago Tribune)

**Bears, Blackhawks weigh in on Jalen Ramsey’s NHL dream (The Athletic)


**RECAP: Forsberg’s hat trick helps Preds sweep Panthers (

**Preds’ Tolvanen more prepared for what awaits (The Athletic)

**RECAP: Morrow powers Jets past Wild (Sportsnet)

**How Tyler Seguin’s deal got done: Emotional swings, a deadline, and the business of hockey (The Athletic)

**Avs want Kerfoot to be more selfish with the puck (The Denver Post)

**Kyrou is part of Blues’ line-juggling (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Can O’Reilly be center who brings the chemistry Blues seek for Tarasenko? (The Athletic)

**Wild T25U25: Ivan Lodnia at No. 10 (Hockey Wilderness)


**RECAP: Ullmark, Johansson spark Sabres past Blue Jackets (Die By The Blade)

**RECAP: Rangers defeat Devils in OT on Pionk goal (Blueshirt Banter)

**RECAP: Canadiens score 3 goals in 92 seconds in win over Devils (Sportsnet)

**RECAP: Gostisbehere powers Flyers past Islanders (

**Nurse, Oilers agree to 2-year, $6.4M bridge deal (Copper N Blue)

**Panthers name Barkov 10th captain in club history (Litter Box Cats)

**Senators hire Peter MacTavish as assistant GM (Silver Seven Sens)

**Blue Jackets unveil new third jersey (Jackets Cannon)

**Sharks T25U25: Ryan Merkley at No. 5 (Fear The Fin)

**Kings T25U25: Alex Iafallo at No. 5 (Jewels From The Crown)


**Ontario to host 2019 AHL All-Star Game (Jewels From The Crown)

**Q&A with Jayna Hefford on the Hockey Hall of Fame, the CWHL and that infamous 2002 gold medal game (The Athletic)