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Morning Bag Skate 10-30-23

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Blackhawks want Reichel to give plays more time to unfold (Sun-Times)

Lazerus: Reichel and Bedard could be a match made in hockey heaven, so let’s find out (The Athletic)

Dickinson has deceptive speed to defend fastest opponent (Sun-Times)

Where was the Blackhawks’ response to Vegas’ dirty hit on Alex Vlasic? Up on the scoreboard (The Athletic)

RECAPS: Blackhawks 4, Golden Knights 3 (SCH) (Sun-Times) (Tribune)

Blackhawks Bits: A lineup shuffle at Thursday’s practice (SCH) (Sun-Times) (The Athletic)

How Connor Bedard is adjusting to the NHL through 7 games (The Athletic)

Blackhawks Week That Was and Will Be, 10/25: Just a little patience (SCH)

Luke Richardson’s impatience with Blackhawks is understandable but premature (Sun-Times)

“Hard-working team” label isn’t enough for Luke Richardson anymore (The Athletic)

RECAPS: Bruins 3, Blackhawks 0 (SCH) (Sun-Times) (The Athletic) (Tribune)

Lukas Reichel has had chances to score, but no puck luck: “That’s the frustrating part” (Tribune)

After eight months of pain, Blackhawks’ Colin Blackwell finally feels like himself again (Sun-Times)

A resurgent Seth Jones knows what you think of him: “I’m very motivated to prove everyone wrong” (The Athletic)

Blackhawks Bits: Kurashev’s possible return; Hall out for “a bit” (SCH) (Sun-Times) (Tribune) (The Athletic)

Blackhawks prospect roundup: Oliver Moore off to hot start in college career (The Athletic)

RECAPS: Golden Knights 5, Blackhawks 3 (SCH) (Sun-Times) (The Athletic) (Tribune)

Bedard thrills in Chicago debut, giving fans a taste of potential (The Athletic)

Blackhawks defensemen working on moving puck safely, quickly in transition (Sun-Times)

Blackhawks notes: Lineup shuffling leads to AHL demotion for Cole Guttman (Sun-Times)

RECAPS: Avalanche 4, Blackhawks 0 (SCH)

FOCO unveils new Connor Bedard bobblehead (SCH)

Blackhawks business update: Cutting out ticket brokers has stabilized resale prices (Sun-Times)

Musings on Madison, Episode 133 — Early impressions of the Connor Bedard era (SCH)

As Bedard piles up scoring chances, Blackhawks believe his goals will come soon (Sun-Times)

Jarred Tinordi opens up about hard check on Kirby Dach: “You don’t like to see guys get injured” (Tribune)


Sabres 4, Avalanche 0 (NHL)

Devils 4, Wild 3 (NHL)

Capitals 3, Sharks 1 (NHL)

Oilers 5, Flames 2 (NHL)


McDavid returns for Oilers at Heritage Classic (NHL)

Thornton retires from NHL after 24 seasons (NHL)

Clifton of Sabres suspended 2 games for check to head (NHL)

Bruins put Lucic on IR after taking puck to ankle (ESPN)

Sens’ Chabot out 4-6 weeks with broken hand (ESPN)

Dermott: NHL-defying show of Pride was needed (ESPN)

Pinto suspended 41 games, violated sports wagering rules (NHL)

Brannstrom taken from ice on stretcher (NHL)

Pesce out 2-4 weeks for Hurricanes after surgery (NHL)

Wild place Spurgeon on long-term injured reserve (NHL)

Early-season NHL buzz: Latest on Patrick Kane, Gabriel Landeskog and a young Bruin (ESPN)

NHL statement on tape in support of social causes (NHL)

“Disappointed” Savard out 6-8 weeks for Montreal (ESPN)

Svechnikov nearing season debut with Hurricanes (NHL)

Kraken forward Burakovsky out 6-8 weeks after surgery (NHL)

Bowness takes leave from Jets after wife has seizure (NHL)

Blue Jackets put Laine on IR, retroactive to Friday (ESPN)

NHL brings advanced puck tracking stats to public (ESPN)

One thing we’ve learned about every NHL team early in the 2023-24 season (The Athletic)

McDavid out 1-2 weeks with upper-body injury (NHL)

Flames’ Andersson suspended 4 games by Player Safety (NHL)

Coyotes’ Dermott uses Pride Tape after NHL’s ban (ESPN)


Former NHL player Adam Johnson, 29, dies after getting cut in neck by a skate during a game in England (Tribune)

PWHL reveals official logo (The Ice Garden)

Hanna Olsson out for season (The Ice Garden)

PWHL announces training camp rosters (The Ice Garden)

Growth of the Game: USA Hockey registration by the numbers since 1990 (The Ice Garden)

What Tennessee State hopes to build with HBCU’s first hockey program (ESPN)

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