Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks host Coyotes

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

The Chicago Blackhawks look for their first home win after the break when they host the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday at United Center.


**Schmaltz finds his confidence, creativity, comfort level (Chicago Sun Times)

**Toews’ hot streak hits new level with 5-point game (SCH)

**Every Hawks trade rumor before 2017 NHL trade deadline (SCH)


**Preds goaltender Saros deserves more playing time (The Tennessean)

**Scottrade Center lawsuit withdrawn hours after filing; opponents say options remain (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Erik Johnson plans to return to Avs lineup (Denver Post)


**Golden Knights won’t be activate at trade deadline (SBN)

**Callahan out indefinitely after second hip surgery (Raw Charge)

**RECAP: Caps beat Flyers for first win since break (Japers’ Rink)

**RECAP: Russell’s first goal gives Oilers win over Panthers (Copper N Blue)

**Islanders’ Cizikas to miss out 4 weeks with broken hand (Lighthouse Hockey)

**Coyotes’ Smith blasts NHL concussion protocol rule (Arizona Republic)

**Kings place Zatkoff on waivers (PHT)

**Red Wings’ Miller wants a trade (MLive)


**SKA’s KHL playoff promo is intense (Puck Daddy)

**OHL Guelph’s Mike Kelly to step down as VP, GM (OHL)