Morning Bag Skate: Blackhawks squander momentum in another close loss

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


As our own Dave Melton wrote in his recap of last night’s game, “It’s a story that’s been told so many times it’s nauseating.”

I write this article once a week, and I don’t know long I can take it myself.

As you probably know already, the Blackhawks lost another game last night, in typical Hawks fashion as of late. Chicago fell 3-2 at the hands of Artemi Panarin and the Blue Jackets and were held scoreless in the third period. The team also failed to register any production on their three power play power play opportunities.

Coach Quenneville’s squad remains in the cellar of an admittedly tough Central Division and are just playing for pride at this point. They won’t play again in the month of February, in which they compiled a paltry record of 3-10. They’ll face the Sharks again on March 1 in San Jose at 9:30 p.m. CT on WGN.


**Blackhawks suffer another frustrating defeat in 3-2 loss to Blue Jackets (SCH)

**Five takeaways from Saturday night’s loss (CSN Chicago)

**Another painful lesson learned as Blackhawks fall to Blue Jackets (Chicago Tribune)

**The front office has reportedly set the asking price for Artem Anisimov (Blackhawk Up)

**Anton Forsberg is just trying to move forward (Chicago Tribune)

**Anthony Duclair is also trying to work his way back up the Hawks’ lineup (Sun-Times)

**Column: Hawks should model Penguins’ path to postseason success (Blackhawk Up)

**Tracking every Chicago Blackhawks trade rumor leading up to the 2018 deadline (SCH)


**Recently acquired Soshnikov set to play in first game with Blues today (Post-Dispatch)

**St. Louis has not been able to recover from Jaden Schwartz’s injury (Bleedin’ Blue)

**Wild’s intentions are unclear as the trade deadline approaches (Star Tribune)

**Four Predators forwards who could be traded this weekend (Pred Lines)

**Pekka Rinne is Mr. Predator (Pred Lines)

**RECAP: Stars barely holding onto wild card slot after ugly loss to Jets (DBD)

**How the Stars’ loss to the Jets could jeopardize their playoff hopes (DMN)

**Sabres defenseman Viktor Antipin is reportedly a fit for the Jets (Arctic Ice Hockey)

**RECAP: Avalanche flounder in tough 5-1 loss to Flames (Mile High Hockey)

**Avs will “stay the course” heading into Monday’s trade deadline (Denver Post)


**Tracking every completed trade before the 2018 NHL trade deadline (SBN)

**The Sharks have reportedly discussed Erik Karlsson trade with Senators (SBN)

**Oilers trade Brandon Davidson to Islanders for 2019 third-rounder (Copper And Blue)

**Are the Kings done dealing? (The Hockey Writers)

**RECAP: Flyers keep up winning ways, beat Senators 5-3 (Broad Street Hockey)

**RECAP: In the hunt Kings lose in 4-3 nailbiter to Oilers (JFTC)

**RECAP: Lowly Coyotes shut out wild-card contending Ducks 2-0 (Five For Howling)

**RECAP: Red Wings snap three-game skid, beat Hurricanes 3-1 (WIIT)

**Senators arena security wages war on anti-Eugene Melnyk fans (Puck Daddy)

**Devils retire Patrik Elias’ No. 26 in emotional ceremony (Bergen-Record)


**Olympic Athletes from Russia wins men’s hockey gold medal (SBN)

**5 wild facts about Germany’s run to the Olympic men’s hockey gold medal game (SBN)

**Olympic hockey struggles to draw crowds without NHL players (AP)

**North Korean defector praises effort of joint Korean team (VOA)

**OHL Roundup: Katchouk’s hat trick leads Greyhounds over Spitfires (Sportsnet)

**WHL Roundup: Cole Reinhardt leads Wheat Kings over Tigers in OT win (Sportsnet)

**QMJHL Roundup: Somppi with three points, Mooseheads win 5th in a row (Sportsnet)