Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks get rare Saturday off, prepare to face Coyotes tonight

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

The Chicago Blackhawks had their first Saturday night off in almost three months, giving Coach Quenneville's squad some time recuperate before tonight’s game against the languishing Arizona Coyotes. Although Arizona has lost seven of their last nine games, they possess similarities to the Sabres, and we all know how that game turned out.

Blackhawks-Coyotes will commence at 6:00 p.m. CT tonight on WGN.


**The Hawks' offense has struggled at even-strength as of late (Chicago Tribune)

**Chicago's defense will likely look a little different tonight (Let's Go Hawks)

**As Scott Powers notes, the Hawks pulled out a much-needed victory Friday (The Athletic)

**Gustav Forsling in particular had a strong night (CSN Chicago)

**Is it too soon to hit the panic button on this year's team? (Blackhawk Up)

**In their first game since Vinnie Hinostroza was recalled, the IceHogs cruised to a 7-2 win (

**Hinostroza's return means that Ryan Hartman will be benched (Chicago Sun-Times)

**Second City Hockey is looking for paid contributors (SCH)


**RECAP: Colorado snapped their four games losing streak with a 7-3 clobbering of Florida (Mile High Hockey)

**RECAP: The Stars fell to Vegas 5-3, dropping their third straight (Defending Big D)

**RECAP: Jets lose in heartbreaking 4-3 overtime loss to Lightning (Jets Nation)

**RECAP: The Blues throttled the Red Wings 6-1 in Detroit (St. Louis Game Time)

**St. Louis lost forward Jaden Schwartz in the first to an ankle injury (St. Louis Game Time)

**Preds first-round pick Eeli Tolvanen is impressing in his rookie KHL Season (

**Interest is rising for Jets' AHL goalie Michael Hutchinson (Arctic Ice Hockey)


**Michael Hutchinson could be the perfect fit for the Florida Panthers (PHT)

**The average NHL team’s value is up nearly $380 million since 2008 (SBN)

**The Carolina Hurricanes now have a new majority owner (Canes Country)

**Ducks center Adam Henrique is finding new life on West Coast (PHT)

**Phil Kessel's shot is as terrifying as ever (The Athletic)

**RECAP: The Maple Leafs edged out the Penguins 4-3 (PPP)

**RECAP: Oilers cruise to 6-2 victory over Canadiens (Copper and Blue)


**NHL All-Star teams by country (The Hockey News)

**What is the future of the World Cup of Hockey? (PHT)

**OHL Roundup: Kaliyev scores twice to lead Bulldogs to rout of Spirit (Sportsnet)

**WHL Roundup: Hart with 42 saves, Silvertips extend win streak to eight (Sportsnet)