Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks look to breakout of 4-game slump

Our daily look at Blackhawks news and the happenings around the hockey world.

The Chicago Blackhawks hopes to avoid a fifth straight loss when they visit the Capitals on Wednesday.

Canada will announce its preliminary roster for the upcoming World Junior Championship at noon Wednesday. USA Hockey released its preliminary roster Tuesday, which included Chicago native Hugh McGing, who plays at Western Michigan, and Chicago Steel alums Jack Badini and Reilly Walsh.


**Second City Hockey is looking for paid contributors (SCH)

**Hawks become NHL’s 4th billion-dollar franchise, per report (SCH)

**Why the time is now for a Blackhawks’ win streak (SCH)

**From boarding school to Blackhawks: DeBrincat’s hockey career took off at nearby Lake Forest Academy (The Athletic)

**Hartman explains why he's been making opponents flinch (The Athletic)

**Healthy sibling rivalry helped propel Hayden to NHL (Chicago Sun Times)

**Looking for a spark, Quenneville shakes up line combinations — again (Chicago Tribune)

**'You're never getting comfortable:' McDonough faces a new set of challenges with Hawks (Chicago Tribune)

**Could DeBrincat be biggest steal of 2016 NHL draft? (SCH)


**RECAP: Schenn gets hat trick in Blues win against Canadiens (St. Louis GameTime)

**RECAP: Red Wings defeat Jets to end seven-game slide (

**RECAP: Saros makes 43 saves, Preds end Stars winning streak (On The Forecheck)

**RECAP: Kane boosts Sabres past Avalanche (Mile High Hockey)

**RECAP: Gaborik scores No. 400, Kings top Wild for 6th straight win (Hockey Wilderness)


**KeyArena MOU approved by Seattle City Council; will NHL announcement soon follow? (The Seattle Times)

**RECAP: Schneider, Devils hold off Blue Jackets (All About The Jersey)

**RECAP: Pavelec, Rangers defeat Penguins (Blueshirt Banter)

**Rangers sign goaltender Mazanec (Blueshirt Banter)

**RECAP: Gourde propels Lightning past Islanders (Raw Charge)

**RECAP: Markstrom gets first NHL shutout in Canucks win against Hurricanes (

**RECAP: Golden Knights defeat Ducks in first shootout at T-Mobile Arena (Knights On Ice)

**Oshie ‘doubtful’ to play against Hawks (The Washington Post)


**What does Russia’s 2018 Olympic ban mean for men’s hockey? (SBN)

**USA Hockey announces preliminary roster for World Junior Championship (Sportsnet)

**AHL president Dave Andrews on relocation, schedules and AHL Live rates (The Athletic)

**OHL Roundup: Aaron Luchuk hat trick leads Spitfires over Rangers (Sportsnet)

**WHL roundup: Burke scores winner late as Warriors edge Tigers (Sportsnet)