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Morning Bag Skate: 10-20-21

A daily look at hockey news around the world.

New York Islanders v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

This is your daily thread to talk about the latest hockey news.

BLACKHAWKS

RECAPS: Islanders 4, Blackhawks 1 (SCH) (Lighthouse Hockey) (Tribune) (Sun-Times) (The Athletic)

Hardman gets his shot but Strome’s outlook with Blackhawks remains a mystery (Tribune)

Blackhawks Bits: Hossa legacy night announced; Hardman recalled (SCH)

Number Munchers: Quantifying the Blackhawks’ dreadful start (SCH)

3 Things to know if you’re going to the Blackhawks home opener at the United Center, including a new policy banning almost all purses and bags and new food options (Tribune)

Entering home opener, reeling Blackhawks focus on playing a more “boring game” (Sun-Times)

Jeremy Colliton might have lost the Blackhawks fan base but he hasn’t lost the room (The Athletic)

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)

CENTRAL DIVISION

RECAP: Stars 2, Penguins 1 (Defending Big D)

RECAP: Capitals 6, Avalanche 3 (Mile High Hockey)

RECAP: Predators 2, Kings 1 (On the Forecheck)

RECAP: Wild 6, Jets 5 (Hockey Wilderness)

Jets’ Blake Wheeler enters NHL’s COVID-19 protocols (The Athletic)

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

Gabriel Landeskog suspended 2 games (Mile High Hockey)

NHL

RECAP: Sabres 5, Canucks 2 (NHL)

RECAP: Sharks 5, Canadiens 0 (NHL)

RECAP: Panthers 4, Lightning 1 (NHL)

RECAP: Devils 4, Kraken 2 (NHL)

RECAP: Red Wings 4, Blue Jackets 1 (NHL)

RECAP: Oilers 6, Ducks 5 (NHL)

Mike Bossy takes leave of absence to receive treatment for lung cancer (Lighthouse Hockey)

LeBrun: Why NHL players and teams are agreeing to more long-term contracts (The Athletic)

Evander Kane suspended 21 games by NHL (NHL)

Canucks defenseman Travis Hamonic taking temporary leave of absence (The Athletic)

Kucherov out indefinitely for Lightning (NHL)

Domi out 2-4 weeks for Blue Jackets (NHL)

Knyzhov out 8-10 weeks for Sharks (NHL)

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

HOCKEY WORLD

Former NHL players Jimmy Hayes died with fentanyl, cocaine in his system — “He never showed any signs of a struggle at home” (Tribune)

Kovalchuk named ROC GM for 2022 Olympics (NHL)

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)