Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks gear up for Vegas trip

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

The Chicago Blackhawks will have one more day off before playing its first game at Vegas.

Chicago’s AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, capped a perfect three-game weekend with a 5-0 shutout win over the Hersey Bears (Washington). The IceHogs are 5-1 and lead the Central Division.


**'Energy line' can produce goals for Hawks as well as spirited play (Chicago Tribune)

**8-defensemen rotation tricky, but Hawks understand juggling act (NBC Sports Chicago)


**Blues seem powerless against power play (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Jets blueline of Morrissey, Trouba struggling badly (Winnipeg Free Press)

**Avs recall Bourque, Greer from AHL (Mile High Hockey)


**RECAP: Baertschi powers Canucks past Red Wings (Nucks Misconduct)

**Vegas goalie Malcolm Subban expected to miss 4 weeks (Knights On Ice)

**Coyotes d-man Chychrun back skating after offseason surgery, but no timetable for return (PHT)

**Leafs bring back Polak on 1-year $1.1M deal (Pension Plan Puppets)

**4 NHL teams in the most trouble due to early season injuries (SBN)


**OHL Roundup: McKenzie, Walker lead Battalion over Frontenacs (Sportsnet)

**WHL Roundup: Weatherill, Elynuik lead Chiefs to win over Oil Kings (Sportsnet)