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Morning Bag Skate: 1-30-19

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

Stars v Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/NHLI

The Blackhawks and IceHogs are off until Friday, when Chicago visits Buffalo and Rockford hosts the Wolves.

Former Blackhawks forward Chris Simon turns 47 on Wednesday.

Elsewhere in Chicago sports, the Bulls dropped their fourth straight and 14 of their last 15 in a 122-117 loss to the Nets on Tuesday night in Brooklyn.

BLACKHAWKS

Storystream: SCH’s ‘State of the Franchise’ series (SCH)

Examining Blackhawks’ defensemen and goaltenders, and who could be traded (SCH)

Examining Blackhawks’ forwards, and who could be traded (SCH)

Breaking down the Blackhawks’ trends in shot rates, goal differential (SCH)

How did the Blackhawks get here? Start by looking at the draft (SCH)

When do the Blackhawks plan on winning again? It’s hard to tell (SCH)

How does DeBrincat customize his stick? The same way he always has (The Athletic)

CENTRAL DIVISION

Preds’ Watson suspended indefinitely for alcohol-related relapse (The Tennessean)

Preds’ Watson’s alcohol relapse is matter of life, death (The Tennessean)

Wild sign goalie Alex Stalock to 3-year contract extension (Star Tribune)

Wild Walkthrough: How Jordan Greenway is finding his stride (The Athletic)

Mark Stone and the Jets are a good fit — but is the price to acquire him too steep? (The Athletic)

RECAP: Connor scores twice in 34 seconds, Jets defeat Bruins in shootout (NHL)

NHL

The Tank Index: Which struggling teams are in best position to get a lot worse down the stretch? (The Athletic)

Coyne Schofield lands NBC broadcasting gig (SCH)

Panarin received ‘smattering’ of boos in Columbus (PHT)

RECAP: Sheary helps Sabres hold off Blue Jackets (NHL)

RECAP: Stolarz makes 38 saves, Flyers shut out Rangers for 5th straight win (NHL)

Hurricanes sign Martinook to 2-year, $4M extension (Canes Country)

HOCKEY WORLD

WHL’s Kootenay Ice to relocate to Winnipeg next season (Sportsnet)

AHL vs. WHL: Winnipeg Ice ownership expects ‘friendly competition with the Moose (Winnipeg Free Press)