Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks visit Niklas Hjalmarsson, Coyotes

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

The Chicago Blackhawks look to avoid their third straight loss when they visit the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.

It’ll be defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson’s first game against Chicago since he was traded during the offseason. The game also will mark Connor Murphy’s return to Arizona.


**Backup goalie Forsberg has looked the part in 1st 2 starts (Chicago Tribune)

**Hawks allow most shots on goal in NHL — here's how they can fix it (Chicago Tribune)

**Uncharacteristically physical ‘energy line’ gives Hawks a boost (Chicago Sun Times)


**RECAP: Wheeler helps Jets rally past Wild; Maurice wins 600th game (Arctic Ice Hockey)

**Predators’ young forwards still finding way (The Tennessean)

**Stars are vanquishing old defensive demons (Defending Big D)

**Avalanche loses Comphe, Jost to significant injuries (Denver Post)

**Kiszla: While Avs have a bad case of the blues, DU rule this hockey town (Denver Post)


**LeBrun: Players, officials, league all learn from confusing offside challenge (The Athletic)

**RECAP: Dorsett helps lead Canucks past Sabres (Nucks Misconduct)

**RECAP: Jones, Sharks shut out Devils (Fear The Fin)

**RECAP: Ovechkin sets OT record with goal to lift Capitals past Red Wings (Japers’ Rink)

**RECAP: Penguins win 3rd straight, defeat Panthers on late Sheary goal (Pensburgh)

**RECAP: Grant, Gibson help Ducks send Canadiens to 7th straight loss (Anaheim Calling)

**Bruins’ McQuaid to miss 2 months with broken leg (Stanley Cup of Chowder)

**Report: Red Wings, Athanasiou agree to 1-year deal (Winging It In Motown)

**Devils place goalie Cory Schneider on injured reserve (PHT)

**Flyers unveil statue of Ed Snider (Broad Street Hockey)

**From Aneroid to Toronto: Who is Patrick Marleau? (The Athletic)


**A Minnesotan takes a perilous journey to North Korea in the name of hockey, and friendship (The Athletic)

**Pronman: Close look at Sharks prospects Mario Ferraro, Jake Kupksy (The Athletic)

**On the long road to the NHL, Minnesota's Casey Mittelstadt stands out (The Athletic)

**NWHL releases salary details for 2017-18 season (The Ice Garden)

**RECAP: No. 1 DU raises banner, rallies to tie Lake Superior State in home opener (Denver Post)

**RECAP: No. 3 St. Cloud State overcomes another 2-goal deficit, beat No. 13 Boston College (St. Cloud Times)

**RECAP: No. 8 Minnesota take opener with win over No. 4 Notre Dakota (Grand Forks Herald)

**Minnesota goalie Eric Schierhorn stays strong against North Dakota (Grand Forks Herald)

**RECAP: Sacred Heart upsets No. 5 Notre Dame (South Bend Tribune)

**RECAP: Errors aplenty in No. 6 Wisconsin’s overtime loss to Northern Michigan (Madison State Journal)

**RECAP: UConn ties No. 7 BU (The UConn Blog)

**RECAP: No. 11 Penn State falls to American International in OT (Black Shoes Diaries)

**OHL Roundup: Sting win 10th straight with victory over Wolves (Sportsnet)

**QMJHL Roundup: Nicolas Guay overtime hero as Voltigeurs top Remparts (Sportsnet)