Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks prepare for Central Division clash in Dallas

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

After three days off, the Chicago Blackhawks will return to the ice on Saturday night against a Central Division rival: the Dallas Stars.


**Corey Crawford's stats place Blackhawks goalie among best in NHL (Chicago Tribune)

**Injured defensemen Cody Franson, Jan Rutta won’t play against Dallas (Chicago Tribune)

**Cancer treatments chemotherapy can’t stop Eddie Olczyk (Chicago Sun-Times)

**Cancer gives Blackhawks fan-favorite Eddie Olczyk a new perspective (Chicago Sun-Times)

**Jordan Oesterle, Michal Kempny trying to force coach Joel Quenneville’s hand (Chicago Sun-Times)

**Chicago Blackhawks’ defense a crowded strength (Daily Herald)


**RECAP: Blues continue to struggle with loss at Calgary (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Is Operation #FreeHonka finally complete? (Defending Big D)

**Tyson Barrie needs more respect (Mile High Hockey)

**Dump & Chase: airing of grievances (On the Forecheck)


The Golden Knights’ biggest tests will come away from home (SB Nation)

**New York Islanders’ Belmont Park arena bid approved, per report (SB Nation)

**RECAP: Toronto Maple Leafs outgunned by Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 (Pension Plan Puppets)

**RECAP: Fly by Night Away From Here: Flyers 4, Red Wings 3 (Winging it in Motown)


**Top 2018 NHL Draft prospects expected to compete at World Juniors (