Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks visit red-hot Capitals

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

The Chicago Blackhawks visit the Washington Capitals on Friday at Verizon Center. Chicago enters the contest with a four-game win streak - all at home - while the Capitals have won seven straight.


**Do the modern Hawks have a modern rival? (SCH)

**Kero looking more like standout than stopgap (Sun Times)

**Anisimov capitalizing with Hawks (CSN)

**Former Hawk Wharram, 1961 Stanley Cup champion, dies at 83 (SCH)

**Reconfiguring third line paying dividends for Hawks (CSN)

**Hawks to wear purple jerseys at All-Star Game (SCH)

**Internet isn’t trilled about Toews being an All-Star (SCH)

**Toews says teammates are ‘more deserving’ of All-Star honor (SCH)

**Crawford, Kane, Keith, Toews named to All-Star team (SCH)


**RECAP: Wild score 7 goals in win over Price, Habs (Hockey Wilderness)

**RECAP: Saros, Preds edge Bruins (On The Forecheck)

**Preds’ Josi hurt after scary, late hit by Anton Blidh (PHT)

**RECAP: Niemi guides Stars to win over Red Wings (Defending Big D)

**RECAP: Gibson, Ducks stifle Avs (Mile High Hockey)

**Avs’ Erik Johnson likely won’t return until at least mid-February (Denver Post)


**RECAP: Neuvirth earns win for Flyers in relief against Canucks (Broad Street Hockey)

**RECAP: Sens hand Penguins first back-to-back losses of season (Silver Seven)

**RECAP: Bishop wins return for Lightning against Sabres (Raw Charge)

**RECAP: Draisaitl lifts Oilers to win in Taylor Hall’s return (

**Oilers welcome back Taylor Hall with video tribute (theScore)

**Lightning social media roasts Chargers, patchwork logo (Raw Charge)

**Isles put Hamonic on IR, recall Mayfield (Lighthouse Hockey)

**Hurricanes fill Ryan Murphy's car with styrofoam peanuts (theScore)


**Ogrean to retire as USA Hockey’s executive director (PHT)

**Haviland, Colorado College hope road surge will lead to first home win (Colorado Springs Gazette)

**OHL Thursday roundup (OHL)