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Morning Bag Skate: 12-8-19

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Arizona Coyotes v New Jersey Devils Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Nick Schmaltz will face the Blackhawks for the first time since being traded to the Coyotes when they play Sunday at the United Center.

The IceHogs’ winning streak ended at four with a 5-2 home loss to the Admirals.

BLACKHAWKS

After year of adversity, Schmaltz eager to come home to face Blackhawks (Daily Herald)

RECAP: IceHogs’ winning streak ends at 4 in 5-2 loss to Admirals (SCH)

Three takeaways from Blackhawks’ back-to-back sweep (SCH)

Blackhawks rely more on de Haan with Keith, Maatta out (Chicago Sun-Times)

‘When you stop to think about that, it’s crazy’: Dylan Strome and his family are living the hockey dream (The Athletic)

Penalty kill’s drastic improvement an overlooked positive for Blackhawks (Chicago Sun-Times)

CENTRAL DIVISION

RECAP: Binnington pulled, Blues lose 5-2 to Maple Leafs (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

RECAP: Avalanche defeat Bruins for 6th straight victory (NHL)

RECAP: Aho has 5 points, Hurricanes send Wild to first loss in 6 games (NHL)

RECAP: Predators top Devils in Subban’s return to Nashville (On The Forecheck)

NHL

RECAP: Laughton lifts Flyers past Senators for 6th win in 7 games (NHL)

RECAP: Miller, Canucks recover to defeat Sabres in OT (NHL)

RECAP: Malkin, Penguins send Red Wings to 11th straight loss (NHL)

RECAP: Stamkos, Johnson power Lightning in win against Sharks (NHL)

RECAP: Bobrovsky tops Blue Jackets for Panthers, first game against former team (NHL)

HOCKEY WORLD

Big Ten: No. 6 Penn State conquers Yost Ice Arena demons with 3-1 win at Michigan (Black Shoe Diaries)

OHL: Kai Edmonds perfect as Steelheads blank Bulldogs (Sportsnet)

QMJHL: Denis has OT winner to lift Cataractes over Tigres (Sportsnet)