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Morning Bag Skate: 1-28-19

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

Los Angeles Kings v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Blackhawks begin their bye week Monday. They’ll be back in action Friday against the Sabres in Buffalo.

Monday also is the birthday of defenseman Carl Dahlstrom (24) and former Blackhawks forwards Dan Carcillo and Colin Fraser (both 34).

Rockford IceHogs defenseman Andrew Campbell finished second in the hardest shot event in the AHL All-Star Skills Competition, which the Western Conference won 17-14 over the East on Sunday in Springfield, Mass.

Elsewhere in Chicago sports, the Fire signed veteran goalkeeper David Ousted, and homegrown midfielder Djordje Mihailovic scored a goal in his USNMT debut and the first score of the Gregg Berhalter era in a 3-0 win over Panama.

The Bulls fell 104-101 to the Cavaliers at the United Center.

BLACKHAWKS

Updated: Why the Blackhawks wear their numbers (The Athletic)

How John Wiedeman found his passion in broadcasting (The Athletic)

CENTRAL DIVISION

How does one adapt to American culture? French-Canadian players enjoy hanging out, watching reality TV (The Athletic)

NHL

Oilers nearly acquired McDonagh at 2016 NHL draft (New York Post)

Devils’ forward Hall skates for 1st time since hitting IR (NJ.com)

Lecavalier ‘OK’ after hospitalization following bus crash (The Score)

HOCKEY WORLD

OHL: Felhaber sparks 67’s as they defeat Spirit (Sportsnet)

QMJHL: Drakkar edge Wildcasts to win record 13th straight game (Sportsnet)

WHL: Fiddler-Schultz helps Hitmen down ICE for win (Sportsnet)