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Morning Bag Skate: 12-12-19

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NHL: MAR 26 Blackhawks at Coyotes Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Blackhawks visit the Coyotes on Thursday at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.

BLACKHAWKS

Mike Gapski, NHL’s longest-tenured trainer, will work 2,500th game (Chicago Tribune)

Three takeaways from Blackhawks’ 5-1 loss to Golden Knights (SCH)

Forbes: Blackhawks remain NHL’s 4th-most valuable franchise (SCH)

Blackhawks to honor Versteeg with ‘One More Shift’ (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

Colorado Eagles staff member dressed in blackface as Aliu during 2011 party (USA Today)

NHL

Sharks fire coach DeBoer, coaching staff (Fear The Fin)

RECAP: Oshie scores twice in Capitals win against Bruins (NHL)

RECAP: Canadiens top Senators in OT for Primeau’s first NHL win (NHL)

Hall of Famer Guy Lapointe diagnosed with oral cancer (The Score)

HOCKEY WORLD

WJC: Daws fighting for spot in Canada’s crease (Sportsnet)

OHL: MacKay scores twice to lead Greyhounds over Wolves (Sportsnet)

QMJHL: Bykov scores twice in 3rd, Armada edge Olympiques (Sportsnet)