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Morning Bag Skate: 12-17-19

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NHL: NOV 26 Stars at Blackhawks Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Blackhawks are off Tuesday before hosting the Avalanche on Wednesday. The IceHogs conclude their three-game road trip against the Laval Rocket on Tuesday in Quebec.

BLACKHAWKS

Blackhawks to reinstate assistant coach Marc Crawford in 2020 after investigation (SCH)

Keith hopeful to return from groin injury Wednesday (SCH)

Robin Lehner: He has taken control of his life, his team and his cause (The Athletic)

Saad, enjoying career season, thankful his consistency is finally being rewarded (Chicago Sun-Times)

Three takeaways from Blackhawks’ weekend split (SCH)

RECAP: Kurashev, Quenneville lead IceHogs past Marlies (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

RECAP: Saros makes 39 saves, Predators defeat Rangers (On The Forecheck)

RECAP: Perron has hat trick, Blues end Avalanche’s 9-game point streak (NHL)

RECAP: Koskinen, Oilers end slide with win against Stars (NHL)

NHL

Coyotes acquire Hall from Devils for 2 picks, 3 prospects (NHL)

Hall’s legacy with Devils (All About The Jersey)

RECAP: Acciari scores hat trick, Panthers defeat Senators (NHL)

RECAP: Korpisalo makes 30 saves, Blue Jackets shut out Capitals (NHL)

Kings to terminate Kovalchuk’s contract (Jewels From The Crown)

Leafs among teams eyeing KHL goalie Timur Bilyalov (Sportsnet)

HOCKEY WORLD

Emilie Castonguay blazes trail as agent for probable No. 1 pick Alexis Lafreniere (The Athletic)

Lafreniere, Byfield among 40 players invited to CHL top prospects game (Sportsnet)