Morning Bag Skate: Sliding Blackhawks host Maple Leafs

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

The Chicago Blackhawks look to snap their three-game losing streak when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday at United Center in Chicago.


**Hawks’ season might be a lost cause, but the future doesn’t have to be (Chicago Sun Times)

**High-danger passing plays problematic for Hawks (The Athletic)

**Crawford works out again, could be on the ice ‘soon’ (Chicago Sun Times)

**Hawks definitely, 100 percent know they ‘need to be better’ (SBN)

**10 best individual seasons in Hawks history (SCH)


**RECAP: Habs snap Avs’ 10-game streak (Mile High Hockey)

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

**RECAP: Gourde, Lightning defeat Predators in OT (On The Forecheck)

**RECAP: Stars score 6 against Panthers, extend point streak to 5 (Defending Big D)

**RECAP: Little lifts Jets past Sharks in OT (Arctic Ice Hockey)


**31 Thoughts: Canadiens GM Bergevin ready to be active by trade deadline (Sportsnet)

**NHL wants Seattle, but is the Emerald City a hockeytown? (PHT)

**Who will be the first NHL coach fired this year? (SBN)

**RECAP: Bruins defeat Devils, extend point streak to 17 games (Stanley Cup of Chowder)

**RECAP: Dea delivers for Penguins in win against Hurricanes (Pensburgh)

**RECAP: Konecny, Flyers defeat Red Wings in OT (Broad Street Hockey)

**RECAP: Eichel, Lehner lead Sabres past Oilers (Die By The Blade)

**RECAP: Boeser, Eriksson carry Canucks past Kings (

**RECAP: Golden Knights defeat Blue Jackets, extend home point streak (Knights On Ice)

**Measuring Vegas against Stanley Cup contenders (Sportsnet)

**RECAP: Gibson, Getzlaf spark Ducks past Rangers (Anaheim Calling)

**Islanders close to deal to play some games at Coliseum (Newsday)

**What were they thinking? Looking back at the Blue Jackets’ big expansion trade with Vegas (The Athletic)


**Jim Johannson was the heart and soul of USA Hockey (ESPN)

**Former Stars winger Nichushkin not allowed to play in Olympics (SBN)

**What if: Predicting Team Finland’s roster if NHLers were playing in the Olympics (The Athletic)

**Marie-Philip Poulin, ‘the Sidney Crosby of women’s hockey,’ becomes Canada’s leader on and off the ice (The Athletic)