Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks look to sweep season series against Penguins

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

The Chicago Blackhawks started their season off with a bang with a 10-1 win over the two-time reigning Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins. The Hawks will look for the season series sweep when they visit Pittsburgh on Saturday.


**Is salary cap relief on the way for the Blackhawks? (SCH)

**Middling start gives Blackhawks unusual urgency in regular season (Chicago Sun Times)

**Murphy gets used to life on the left side (Chicago Tribune)

**Veterans to blame for Hawks’ early season penalty increase (SCH)

**Toews wants you to buy a ‘Toewster’ with his face on it for charity (SCH)

**‘Wow, what a place’: Blackhawks officially open new practice facility (Chicago Sun Times)

**Franson's shot a helpful weapon for Blackhawks (Chicago Tribune)


**Sarah McLellan steps in as Star Tribune's Wild beat writer (Star Tribune)

**Blues recall Megan from AHL (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Avs’ MacKinnon is on fire, offensively, and he expects to stay red-hot (The Denver Post)

**Colorado recalls forward Dominic Toninato (Mile High Hockey)

**Kiszla: Matt who? Teenager Sam Girard gives Avs hope for future; Duchene error is over (The Denver Post)


**Sources: NHL, Rockets owner meet to talk NHL's viability in Houston (The Athletic)

**5 cities worthy of an expansion team (theScore)

**Blue Jackets sign Atkinson to $41M, 7-year extension (Jackets Cannon)

**Atkinson signing pushes Blue Jackets closer to 2019 salary cap crunch (Jackets Cannon)

**RECAP: Bobrovsky, Blue Jackets shut out Rangers (

**RECAP: Red Wings respond for win against Sabres (Winging It In Motown)

**Flames’ Tkachuk reportedly suspended 1 game for inciting brawl (Matchsticks and Gasoline)

**Golden Knights fielding ‘a lot of calls’ about trading Neal and Perron, per report (Knights On Ice)


**RECAP: No. 3 North Dakota rallies back in wild win over No. 1 Denver (The Denver Post)

**RECAP: No. 7 Minnesota spreads the wealth in win over No. 13 Harvard (Star Tribune)

**RECAP: Hayton comes up big in No. 9 Wisconsin’s series-opening win over No. 17 Michigan (Wisconsin State Journal)

**OHL roundup: Greyhounds extend streak to 8 games with win over Wolves (Sportsnet)

**QMJHL roundup: Sea Dogs halt losing streak with win over Mooseheads (Sportsnet)