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Morning Bag Skate: 12-18-19

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NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Chicago Blackhawks Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The Blackhawks host the Avalanche on Wednesday in Chicago. The IceHogs rallied from a 2-0 first-period deficit, and Anton Wedin scored in the fifth round of a shootout for a 3-2 win against the Laval Rocket in Quebec.

BLACKHAWKS

RECAP: IceHogs rally, top Laval 3-2 in shootout (SCH)

Where are they now? Dowell remembers close-knit 2009-10 Blackhawks (The Athletic)

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

Keith hopeful to return from groin injury Wednesday (SCH)

Kravitz: For a life in minor-league hockey, it’s a road well-traveled for Indy Fuel (The Athletic)

CENTRAL DIVISION

For Avalanche prospects Drew Helleson and Alex Newhook, things are starting to take off at Boston College (The Athletic)

Colorado Eagles, Akim Aliu issue joint statement on 2011 blackface incident (The Denver Post)

RECAP: Predators score 7 unanswered, cruise past Islanders (On The Forecheck)

RECAP: Svechnikov has lacrosse-style goal in Hurricanes win against Jets (NHL)

NHL

RECAP: Kopitar, Kings rally past Bruins in OT, extend point streak to 5 (NHL)

RECAP: Eichel extends point streak to 17, Sabres fall to Maple Leafs (NHL)

RECAP: Lightning recover to defeat Senators with late goal in OT (NHL)

RECAP: Hart makes 40 saves, Flyers end slide with win against Ducks (NHL)

RECAP: Korpisalo, Blue Jackets sweep back to back with win against Red Wings (NHL)

Former NHL player Vladimir Tsyplakov dies at 50 (PHT)

HOCKEY WORLD

CHL Notebook: Halifax complete pair of trades in busy QMJHL weekend (Sportsnet)

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

‘We want to grow women’s hockey, right now’: Two NWHL players, and best friends, are living in the moment (The Athletic)