Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks face Penguins in season opener

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

The Chicago Blackhawks open their 2017-18 season Thursday when they face the two-time reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins at the United Center.


**Hawks trade Kyle Baun to Canadiens for Andreas Martinsen (SCH)

**Hossa officially placed on long-term injured reserve (SCH)

**Hawks sign Cody Franson to 1-year, $1 million contract (SCH)

**Second City Hockey’s 2017-18 Blackhawks predictions (SCH)

**Second City Hockey’s 2017-18 NHL standings predictions (SCH)

**Hawks and Penguins battling on the ice, in the history books (Chicago Sun Times)

**Toews revamps game to try to rejoin elite centers (Chicago Tribune)

**Hawks will reach the 2017-18 Stanley Cup Playoffs (SCH)

**Second City Hockey’s NHL award predictions (SCH)


**RECAP: Pietrangelo gives Blues OT win over Penguins (St. Louis GameTime)

**Reaves is all business against former team (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**RECAP: Maple Leafs score seven in win against Jets (Arctic Ice Hockey)

**Jets sign Nikolaj Ehlers to 7-year, $42 million extension (SBN)

**3 reasons why the Preds might not return to Cup Final (The Tennessean)

**On The Forecheck’s 2017-18 NHL standings predictions (On The Forecheck)

**What will Predators’ lines look like? (On The Forecheck)

**Wild T25U25: Joel Eriksson Ek at No. 3 (Hockey Wilderness)

**Mile High Hockey’s 2017-18 NHL standings, awards predictions (Mile High Hockey)


**SB Nation’s 2017-18 season preview (SBN)

**RECAP: McDavid scores hat trick in Oilers shutout over Flames (Copper N Blue)

**RECAP: Simmonds’ hat trick leads Flyers past Sharks (Broad Street Hockey)

**Ducks sign Josh Manson to new 4-year, $16.4 million deal (Anaheim Calling)

**Golden Knights can provide rallying point for Vegas after mass shooting (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

**Capitals sign Chiasson to 1-year deal (Japers’ Rink)

**Toffoli, Pearson aren’t just kids anymore for Kings (LA Times)

**Kings enjoying fresh approach under new coach John Stevens (LA Times)

**Coyotes announce leadership group (Five For Howling)

**3 key questions facing Panthers (Litter Box Cats)


**Devils enter partnership with NWHL’s Riveters (New York Times)

**Dilks 30 Thoughts on new college hockey season (SBNCH)

**St. Cloud State preview: Huskies on the verge of stepping up (The Athletic)

**Minnesota preview: Can the Gophers win the ultimate prize? (The Athletic)