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Morning Bag Skate: 1-18-19

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

Chicago Blackhawks v New York Rangers Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Blackhawks dropped their fifth straight game, losing 4-3 to the Rangers on Thursday at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

With the Blackhawks’ loss and the Kings’ win over the Stars, Chicago now sits in last place in the NHL. The Blackhawks are off until Sunday, when they host the Capitals at the United Center.

The IceHogs host the Griffins on Friday at BMO Harris Bank Center in Rockford.

Elsewhere in Chicago sports, the Bulls lost their ninth straight game with a 135-105 setback to the Nuggets on Thursday in Denver.

BLACKHAWKS

RECAP: Blackhawks drop 5th straight in loss to Rangers (SCH)

Why the Blackhawks should trade Gustafsson ... and why they shouldn’t (The Athletic)

Examining Blackhawks’ microscopic playoff hopes (SCH)

Blackhawks prospects Barratt, Mitchell nominated for Hobey Baker Award (SCH)

John Scott thankful to be alive after falling through ice on lake (SCH)

SCH Podcast: Blackhawks prospects talk and World Juniors recap (SCH)

Blackhawks T25U25: The 2018-19 mid-season rankings (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

Wild trade Niederreiter to Hurricanes for Rask (Hockey Wilderness)

RECAP: Ducks end losing streak at 12 with win against Wild (NHL)

RECAP: Rask ties Bruins record in win against Blues (NHL)

RECAP: Hellebuyck helps Jets extend Central lead with win against Preds (NHL)

RECAP: Campbell defeats former team with Kings’ win against Stars (NHL)

Arvidsson is the Predators’ most irreplaceable player (The Athletic)

Analyzing Jets defensive structure, potential PP adjustments and clues about being ‘all-in’ (The Athletic)

NHL

Flames to retire Iginla’s No. 12 on March 2 (Matchsticks and Gasoline)

RECAP: Islanders score 3 in 1st period, stifle Devils (NHL)

RECAP: Andersen makes 36 saves, Maple Leafs hold off Lightning (NHL)

Report: Kings want 1st-round pick, prospect for Muzzin (The Score)

Report: Red Wings want 1st-round pick for Nyquist, Howard (The Score)

HOCKEY WORLD

CHL: 10 of the most impactful deadline trades (Sportsnet)

OHL: Hamilton plans for temporary move if ice quality deteriorates (Sportsnet)

OHL: Ryan Suzuki scores twice to lead Colts over Knights (Sportsnet)

QMJHL: Drummondville offense too much for Saint John (Sportsnet)