Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks fall at Vegas, split road trip

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

The Chicago Blackhawks fell 4-2 to the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday in Las Vegas. The Hawks split their two-game road trip with a win Saturday in Arizona.

Chicago will have two days off before hosting Nashville on Friday.

HAWKS

**RECAP: Hawks end road trip with loss to Golden Knights (SCH)

**Sikura expected to join Hawks in 2018, per GM Stan Bowman (SCH)

**Bowman pleased with early returns from offseason overhaul (Chicago Sun Times)

**Crawford’s ability to make goaltending look easy sets him apart (Chicago Sun Times)

**How can the Blackhawks get their 3rd line going? (SCH)

**Week ahead: Chicago makes its first trip to Vegas (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**RECAP: Flames rally in third, defeat Predators in shootout (On The Forecheck)

**RECAP: Virtanen, Nilsson help Canucks shut out Wild (Hockey Wilderness)

**RECAP: Nieto hat trick helps Avs end 3-game losing streak (Mile High Hockey)

**Wild’s Parise out 8-10 weeks after undergoing back surgery (SBN)

**Yeo hopes Barbashev finds his game in AHL (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

NHL

**Friedman’s 31 Thoughts: Path to Olympics for CHL players not clear (Sportsnet)

**RECAP: Tavares scores hat trick, Islanders keep Coyotes winless (Lighthouse Hockey)

**RECAP: Ducks score five straight in win against Flyers (Anaheim Calling)

**Patrick leaves Flyers game after hard hit into the boards (SBN)

**RECAP: Kessel, Penguins defeat Oilers in OT (Pensburgh)

**Video: Murray’s miraculous stick save stymies Oilers (SBN)

**Penguins d-man Schultz suffers concussion vs. Oilers (PHT)

**RECAP: Stamkos, Kucherov each extend streak in Lightning win (Raw Charge)

**RECAP: Lehner, Sabres hand Red Wings 5th straight loss (Die By The Blade)

**RECAP: Weber helps Canadiens top Panthers, end losing streak (Habs Eyes On The Prize)

**RECAP: Kempe helps Kings defeat Senators (Jewels From The Crown)

**Panthers claim goaltender Niemi off waivers (Litter Box Cats)

**Capitals’ Burakovsky has thumb surgery, expected to miss 6 to 8 weeks (PHT)

**Kings place Carter on injured reserve (PHT)

HOCKEY WORLD

**Ohio State’s Jobst doesn’t let size deter him (SBNCH)

**WHL Roundup: Reid has four points to lead Chiefs past Hitmen (Sportsnet)