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Morning Bag Skate: 10-18-19

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A daily look at hockey news around the world.

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Chicago Blackhawks David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The Blackhawks and IceHogs return to action Friday when they host the Blue Jackets and Wolves, respectively.

Chicago NCAA prospects Josh Ess (Wisconsin), Evan Barratt (Penn State), Ian Mitchell (Denver) and Alex Vlasic and Jake Wise (Boston) are scheduled to play Friday. Antti Saarela (Ilves), Roope Laavainen (HPK), Andrei Altybarmakyan and Ivan Nalimov (HK Sochi) and Alexis Gravel (Halifax) are also set to compete.

BLACKHAWKS

Jonathan Toews hopes he’s now climbing out of season-opening slump (Chicago Sun-Times)

Corey Crawford’s 2009-10 experience wasn’t so memorable (The Athletic)

Kirby Dach, Alexis Gravel named to rosters for Canada-Russia Series (SCH)

Blackhawks to honor Dave Bolland with ‘One More Shift’ on Friday (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

RECAP: Price, Canadiens shut out Wild (Hockey Wilderness)

RECAP: Blues blow 3-1 lead to Canucks, drop 3rd straight (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

RECAP: Barzal scores twice for Islanders in win against Jets (NHL)

NHL

NHL Power Rankings: 1-31 poll, plus what every team’s slogan should be (ESPN)

Golden Knights’ Zykov suspended 20 games for PEDs (Knights On Ice)

Maple Leafs’ Tavares to miss at least 2 weeks with broken finger (Pension Plan Puppets)

RECAP: Lightning recover, defeat Bruins in shootout (NHL)

RECAP: Hughes gets first NHL point, Devils defeat Rangers for first win (NHL)

HOCKEY WORLD

QMJHL: Poirier, Burns help Sea Dogs down Titan in shootout (Sportsnet)

KHL: SKA stumbles at Neftekhimik, Ak Bars edges Jokerit in thriller (KHL)