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Morning Bag Skate: 12-25-19

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Detroit Red Wings v Chicago Blackhawks - Game Seven

The Blackhawks and IceHogs are off until Friday when they host the Islanders and Iowa Wild, respectively. The World Junior Championship begins Thursday.

BLACKHAWKS

Three takeaways from Blackhawks’ ‘embarrassing’ 7-1 loss to Devils (SCH)

Blackhawks’ excessive shift lengths remain a struggle, but they’re showing progress (Chicago Sun-Times)

Blackhawks prospect Artur Kayumov signs 2-year extension with KHL’s Lokomotiv (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

A sign of things to come? Avalanche’s power play certainly hopes so (The Athletic)

Rinne is losing his grip on the Predators’ starting job (The Athletic)

Shap Shots: Bowness’ approach, Winter Classic notes and a book review (The Athletic)

NHL

Seattle assistant GM Ricky Olczyk proved there’s more than one path to NHL (The Athletic)

HOCKEY WORLD

Pronman: Guide to 2020 WJC (The Athletic)