Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks visit Connor McDavid, Oilers

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

Thomas Vanek scored two goals and had three assists to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

Nick Schmaltz and Ryan Hartman scored, and Forsberg made 26 saves for the Blackhawks (17-14-5), who have lost three straight after winning the previous five. Chicago completes a back-to-back Friday when it visits the Edmonton Oilers.

In World Juniors action, Chicago prospect Henri Jokiharju was named Finland’s player of the game in a 4-1 win over Denmark on Thursday. The Finnish defenseman had a goal and an assist. Artur Kayumov also tallied Russia’s game-winning goal in a 5-2 victory against Switzerland. Kayumov and Andrei Altybarmakyan and the Russians play Belarus on Friday.


**RECAP: Hawks fall to Canucks, drop 3rd straight (SCH)

**Jokiharju named Finland’s player of the game vs. Denmark at World Juniors (SCH)

**10 Hawks things to watch before All-Star break (SCH)

**Hawks recall Kampf to NHL for 1st time in his career (SCH)

**Taking Hawks GM Bowman back to the place that helped shape him — Notre Dame (Chicago Tribune)

**Finfer: No curse-breaking championships in 2017, but it was the Year of the Trade in Chicago sports (The Athletic)

**One month after dropping puck at Blackhawks game, young cancer patient dies (SCH)

**Bouma and Wingles: From enemies to Hawks (Chicago Tribune)


**Jets’ Scheifele out 6-8 weeks with upper-body injury (Arctic Ice Hockey)

**With Scheifele out, Jets should call up Roslovic or Petan from AHL (Arctic Ice Hockey)

**Armstrong rewarded with four more years as Blues chase 'ultimate prize' (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Armstrong's New Year's resolution: better health (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Predators want prospect Tolvanen in NHL this season (The Tennessean)

**The Forecheck Podcast: Episode 25 - Top 10 Moments of 2017 (On The Forecheck)

**After 250 days away, Parise's return to game action goes off without a hitch (The Athletic)

**Avs should make push for Arizona’s Duclair (Mile High Hockey)

**Avs' Barrie out 4-6 weeks with fractured hand (The Denver Post)


**RECAP: Ovechkin, Capitals defeat Bruins for 12th straight time (Japers’ Rink)

**RECAP: Lightning defeat Drouin, Canadiens for eighth straight home win (Raw Charge)

**RECAP: Panthers hold off Flyers, get 4th straight win (

**RECAP: Matthews scores for Maple Leafs against Coyotes in homecoming (Pension Plan Puppets)

**RECAP: Perron lifts Golden Knights past Kings in OT for 6th straight win (Knights On Ice)

**RECAP: Sharks defeat Flames in shootout after Meier's tying goal (Fear The Fin)

**Rangers’ Kreider out indefinitely after blood clot diagnosis (Blueshirt Banter)

**Senators’ Claesson suspended 2 games for hit to head on Bruins’ Acciari (Silver Seven)

**Pittsburgh open to discussing Letang trades, per reports (SBN)

**Penguins won’t get better by trading Letang (Pensburgh)

**NHL's top 17 moments of 2017 (

**10 things to watch before All-Star break (


**2018 World Juniors: Schedule, how to watch, scores, results (SCH)

**Pronman: 2018 World Juniors daily scouting journal (The Athletic)

**Watch: USA’s Mittelstadt scores incredible goal at WJC (SBN)