Morning Bag Skate: Corey Crawford is carrying Blackhawks this season

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

The Chicago Blackhawks have one more day off before playing their first game of a back-to-back Saturday in Minnesota. The Wild defeated Montreal 6-3 on Thursday at home.


**Crawford, 3 other goaltenders carrying their teams right now (SBN)

**Franson adds some muscle to Blackhawks power play (Chicago Tribune)

**Performance bonuses not as much of a concern for Hawks this season (The Athletic)

**Blackhawks defensemen need to go on the offensive (Chicago Sun Times)

**RECAP: Hawks soar past Flyers (SCH)

**Are we getting more of the same from the Blackhawks? (SCH)


**RECAP: Scheifele gets hat trick, lifts Jets past Stars (

**RECAP: Wild score 6 in win over Canadiens (Hockey Wilderness)

**RECAP: Neuvirth, Flyers shut out Blues (St. Louis GameTime)

**Schenn has benefited from trade to Blues, but scouts, advanced stats speak to self improvement (The Athletic)

**Berglund working his way back from shoulder surgery (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**RECAP: Varlamov makes 57 saves in Avs win over ‘Canes (Mile High Hockey)

**Avs youth movement found a home; dinner is decided over a Ping-Pong game (The Denver Post)


**Lost in translation: How players bridge hockey's language barrier (ESPN)

**RECAP: Kuraly, Bruins defeat Golden Knights (

**RECAP: Eller's second goal gets Capitals past Islanders (Japers’ Rink)

**RECAP: Stone, Senators hold off Red Wings (Silver Seven)

**RECAP: Miller’s OT goal sends Rangers by Lightning (Blueshirt Banter)

**RECAP: Blue Jackets score 7 in win over Panthers (Jackets Cannon)

**RECAP: Giordano, Flames top Penguins in OT (Matchsticks and Gasoline)

**How Flames’ Gaudreau got his groove back (The Athletic)

**RECAP: Pouliot scores twice, Sabres hold off Coyotes (

**RECAP: Kings defeat Maple Leafs to match best start in their history (

**Stamkos may never ‘feel 100 percent again’ (Sportsnet)

**Could the Devils be for real? (All About The Jersey)

**Ovechkin announces creation of social movement supporting Russian President Vladimir Putin (The Washington Post)

**Shipachyov back in Russia awaiting word on Vegas contract termination (Sportsnet)

**Golden Knights GM McPhee not looking to make trade for goalie (Sportsnet)


**CHL Power Rankings: Nine players who could climb NHL Draft rankings (Sportsnet)

**OHL Roundup: Sting down Petes to extend winning streak to 14 (Sportsnet)

**QMJHL Roundup: Jordan Martel scores two as Drakkar edge Sea Dogs (Sportsnet)

**WHL Roundup: Andrusiak leads Thunderbirds in win over Oil Kings (Sportsnet)

**2017-18 Minnesota Ms. Hockey watch list (SBNCH)

**Freshman phenoms: 5 standout NCAA women first-year players (The Ice Garden)

**USA Hockey, Hockey Canada reveal 2018 Olympic hockey jerseys (The Ice Garden)

**NWHL Recap: Week 1 (The Ice Garden)