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Morning Bag Skate: 10-18-21

A daily look at hockey news around the world.

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This is your daily thread to talk about the latest hockey news — and to take a brief moment to celebrate a professional team in Chicago actually winning something!

BLACKHAWKS

As Blackhawks approach crisis point, Patrick Kane backs Jeremy Colliton (Sun-Times)

Lazerus: Blackhawks’ unacceptable start(s) leaves the team at a crisis point (The Athletic)

RECAPS: Penguins 5, Blackhawks 2 (SCH) (Tribune) (Sun-Times) (Pensburgh)

RECAPS: Devils 4, Blackhawks 3 (SCH) (Tribune) (Sun-Times) (All About the Jersey) (The Athletic)

Blackhawks ugly opening loss sketches blueprint for how ‘21-22 plan could flop (Sun-Times)

Was it nerves or something else? What’s with the slow starts? Blackhawks face big questions after a sobering 4-2 season-opening loss (Tribune)

RECAPS: Avalanche 4, Blackhawks 2 (SCH) (Tribune) (Sun-Times) (Mile High Hockey) (The Athletic)

An incomplete list of things we’re excited about for the ‘21-22 Blackhawks season (SCH)

Musings on Madison, Episode 64 — Blackhawks 2021-22 season preview (SCH)

“I don’t see a lot of issues”: What scouts are saying about the Blackhawks as the season begins (The Athletic)

CENTRAL DIVISION

RECAP: Senators 3, Stars 2 (Defending Big D)

RECAP: Wild 3, Kings 2 (Hockey Wilderness)

RECAP: Hurricanes 3, Predators 2 (On the Forecheck)

RECAP: Blues 5, Avalanche 3 (St. Louis Game Time) (Mile High Hockey)

John Klingberg injured in first game of Stars season (Defending Big D)

Gabriel Landeskog suspended 2 games (Mile High Hockey)

NHL

RECAP: Sharks 4, Jets 3 (NHL)

RECAP: Oilers 5, Flames 2 (NHL)

Matthews will play against Rangers (NHL)

Knyzhov out 8-10 weeks for Sharks (NHL)

Pacioretty week-to-week for Golden Knights (NHL)

Brady Tkachuk signs 7-year deal (Silver Seven)

Bettman: All but 4 NHL players vaccinated (NHL)

HOCKEY WORLD

One league, under Barstool: The PHF’s near-miss at partnering with a media menace (The Ice Garden)

In a small Ontario town, the pandemic shutters a junior hockey team and creates an uncertain future (The Athletic)

Understanding the true impact of racism in hockey is the only way we’ll find progress (Sportsnet)