Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks to host Senators

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

The Chicago Blackhawks look to bounce back from Monday’s loss to the Los Angeles Kings when they host the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday at United Center.

The United States and Canada will play for Olympic gold in the women’s tournament. The Americans have three players with Illinois ties in Kendall Coyne, a Palos Heights native and Blackhawks ambassador, Hilary Knight, who grew up in Lake Forest, and Alex Rigsby, who lived in Wisconsin but played youth hockey in the Chicago area. Early Wednesday, Finland held off the Olympic Athletes from Russia to capture its  third bronze medal in women’s hockey.

The semifinal field is set in the men’s tournament. The Czech Republic, who ousted the U.S., will play OAR, while Canada will face Germany in the other semifinal. Both games will be Friday.


**With trade deadline looming, Hawks are poised to be significant sellers (Chicago Sun-Times)

**Duclair on inconsistent play: ‘No one’s harder on me than me’ (Chicago Tribune)

**Hawks, Jets have ‘kicked tires on’ Hartman trade, per report (SCH)

**Tracking every Hawks trade rumor leading up to the deadline (SCH)


**’RECAP: Saros, Arvidsson help Predators edge Red Wings (On The Forecheck)

**RECAP: Sharks top Blues for 3rd straight win (St. Louis GameTime)

**RECAP: Kings hold on against Jets (Arctic Ice Hockey)

**RECAP: Barrie has 5 points, Avs top Canucks in OT (Mile High Hockey)


**Tracking every trade rumor heading into the deadline (SBN)

**Tracking every completed trade before the trade deadline (SBN)

**RECAP: Andersen, Maple Leafs shut out Panthers with one goal (Pension Plan Puppets)

**RECAP: Bobrovsky makes 30 saves, Blue Jackets hold on against Devils (Jackets Cannon)

**RECAP: Voracek propels Flyers to OT win against Canadiens (Broad Street Hockey)

**RECAP: Point’s two goals help Lightning defeat Capitals (Raw Charge)

**RECAP: Bruins defeat Oilers with 3 goals in 3rd period (Stanley Cup of Chowder)

**Rangers trade Holden to Bruins for O’Gara, 2018 third-round pick (Blueshirt Banter)

**Maple Leafs trade Fehr to Sharks for 2020 7th-round pick (Pension Plan Puppets)

**Seattle season ticket drive to begin March 1 (PHT)

**Gudbranson betting on himself, Canucks’ future development (Sportsnet)

**Simmonds to miss 2-3 weeks as Flyers’ injury woes continue (PHT)

**Sabres’ McCabe to undergo shoulder surgery, miss 4-6 months (Die By The Blade)


**Perfect format for Olympic hockey? Keep it 25 and under (ESPN)

**USA men’s failure to medal in Olympics isn’t surprising, but frustrating (SBN)

**Legacy of this U.S. women’s team is already secure (The Ringer)

**How USA, Canada women’s hockey teams became Olympics’ best rivalry (SBN)

**CHL Notebook: Vilardi feeling right at home with Frontenacs (Sportsnet)