Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks visit Sabres for Saturday matinee

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

The Chicago Blackhawks visit the Buffalo Sabres for the first half of a back-to-back in a Saturday matinee at KeyBank Center. Chicago hosts St. Louis on Sunday.

In women’s college hockey, Savannah Harmon (Downers Grove) and Clarkson defeated Ohio State and Grace Zarzecki (Chicago) 1-0 in overtime to advance to their second straight championship game. The Golden Knights will face Colgate and Bailey Larson (Belvidere) after the Raiders outlasted national power Wisconsin with  Mikaela Gardner (Plainfield) and Caitlin Schneider (Glenview) 4-3 in double overtime. The title game will be at 2 p.m. Sunday on Big Ten Network.

The Blackhawks sled hockey team trio of Kevin McKee (Chicago), Josh Misiewicz (La Grange)  and Brody Roybal (Northlake) will play for the U.S. in the gold-medal game against Canada at 10 p.m. Central time Saturday in South Korea. The game will air live on NBCSN.


**Schmaltz and the art of the stick lift (SCH)

**Kane leading by example on the ice for Hawks (Chicago Tribune)

**Amid all the losses, Hawks are trying to reinforce ‘winning culture’ (Chicago Sun Times)

**Hawks to sign German forward Kahun to 2-year deal, per reports (SCH)


**RECAP: Preds clinch playoff berth with win over Avs (On The Forecheck)

**RECAP: Staras lose to Sens in OT, squander point in wild-card race (Defending Big D)

**RECAP: Wild hang on against Golden Knights, pad lead in Central (Hockey Wilderness)

**Why the Jets should be the envy of the NHL (ESPN)


**PHWA to make NHL award ballots public for first time (PHT)

**RECAP: Capitals extend lead in Metropolitan, defeat Islanders (Japers’ Rink)

**RECAP: Kane scores 4 goals in Sharks win against Flames (Fear The Fin)

**RECAP: Ducks defeat Red Wings, tighten race in Pacific (Anaheim Calling)

**Ducks lose Bieksa for 2-5 weeks due hand surgery (Anaheim Calling)

**Why Darling has struggled so much trying to be Hurricanes’ No. 1 goalie (The News & Observer)

**#MelnykOut billboards slated for Ottawa streets starting March 19 (Ottawa Citizen)

**Consistent Panarin proving to be as good as advertised in Columbus (The Athletic)


**Frozen Four: Clarkson, Colgate win in OT to reach women’s title game (Star Tribune)

**AHC tournament: Christopoulos, Air Force blank Canisius 3-0 (USCHO)

**Hockey East tournament: Boston University edges Boston College in OT (Boston Globe)

**Hockey East tournament: Northeastern falls to Providence in OT (Boston Globe)

**NCHC tournament: St. Cloud State nips North Dakota, will play Denver for title (Star Tribune)

**OHL Roundup: Gordeev stars in OT as Firebirds upset Greyhounds (Sportsnet)

**QMJHL Roundup: Askew lifts Islanders to OT win against Titan (Sportsnet)

**WHL Roundup: Mattheos scores twice as Brandon beats Moose Jaw in OT (Sportsnet)