Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks visit Devils before Christmas break

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

The Chicago Blackhawks look to bounce back from a shutout loss Thursday in Dallas when they visit New Jersey on Saturday night at Prudential Center.

It’s the Hawks’ final game before the NHL’s Christmas break, which runs from Christmas Eve to Dec. 26. The Hawks return from the break Thursday, Dec. 28 at Vancouver.


**Language barrier no longer an issue for Kempny (Chicago Sun Times)

**Hawks continue unfortunate trend vs. Stars with four more shots off posts (Chicago Tribune)

**RECAP: Stars snap Hawks’ 5-game win streak in shutout (SCH)

**Hawks prospect Nalimov released by Admiral of KHL, per reports (SCH)

**Watch: New Blackhawks-themed holiday lights show (SCH)

**Sharp’s inability to finish costs him spot in lineup (SCH)


**RECAP: Huberdeau, Brickley boost Panters past Wild (Hockey Wilderness)

**Watch: Wild’s Stewart, Panthers’ Haley trade haymakers (Sportsnet)

**Berglund gets turn with Schenn-Tarasenko (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Colorado turning corners along with Soderberg (The Denver Post)


**Remember when the NHL played games on Christmas Day? (SBN)

**RECAP: Eichel, Sabres hang on against Flyers (Die By The Blade)

**RECAP: Canadiens hold off Flames in 3rd period (Habs Eyes On The Prize)

**RECAP: Keller carries Coyotes past Capitals in OT (

**Rangesr’ Fast out 2-3 weeks with leg injury (Blueshirt Banter)

**Flames place Travis Hamonic on IR, recall Rasmus Andersson (Sportsnet)


**Canada announces final roster for 2018 Olympics (The Ice Garden)