Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks return from bye week against Islanders

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

Chicago Blackhawks return from their bye week by hosting the New York Islanders on Saturday at United Center.


**Luck of the draw hasn’t been kind to Hawks centers (Chicago Sun Times)

**Will Crawford return this season? That’s Hawks’ ‘expectation and hope’ (The Athletic)

**Former Blackhawk of the Week: Eric Daze, the 2002 NHL All-Star Game MVP (SCH)

**Why Hawks won’t place Crawford on LTIR as long as he might come back (SCH)

**Scotty Bowman thinks Crawford has post-concussion syndrome (SCH)

**How much does Crawford’s injury change the Hawks’ plans? (SCH)

**Can the Hawks survive without Crawford? (SCH)


**Yeo: Time for Blues to play ‘desperate’ (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Preds strengthened, calmed by Ellis’ return from injury (The Tennessean)

**Nieto’s breakout season has come at perfect time for Avs (Mile High Hockey)

**Jets recall Roslovic, Hutchinson (Arctic Ice Hockey)

**How much of Jets success is due to head coach Paul Maurice? (Arctic Ice Hockey)


**Friedman’s 31 Thoughts: Defensemen flooding market ahead of trade deadline (Sportsnet)

**RECAP: Panthers defeat Golden Knights in OT in Gallant’s return (

**RECAP: Niemi gets 1st win for Habs in victory over Capitals (

**RECAP: Kelser, Ducks hand Kings 6th straight loss (

**Rangers’ Shattenkirk out indefinitely after knee surgery (Blueshirt Banter)

**Oilers’ Nugent-Hopkins out 5-6 weeks with cracked ribs (Copper N Blue)


**RECAP: No. 1 Notre Dame tops No. 18 Wisconsin for 16th straight win (South Bend Tribune)

**RECAP: No. 20 Michigan shuts out No. 12 Penn State (Black Shoes Diaries)

**RECAP: No. 5 Denver shuts out No. 15 UNO (The Denver Post)

**RECAP: No. 7 UND’s penalty kill continues struggles at No. 14 Duluth (Grand Forks Herald)

**Flyers prospect Wade Allison out for season for Western Michigan (SBNCH)

**QMJHL roundup: Chainey scores OT winner in Mooseheads win (Sportsnet)