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Quick Hitter Preview: Blackhawks at Devils

Hawks at Devils - 1/14/19
Photo: Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports

Photo: Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports

On Saturday night, the Blackhawks lost their second straight overtime contest. They will look to bounce back tonight against the New Jersey Devils, who are coming off a 3-2 win on Saturday against Philadelphia. Tonight marks the first meeting of the season between the two teams. Puck drop is scheduled for 6 PM central time.

Three Things

  • After starting the year with a lifeless power play, the Blackhawks have really turned things around lately. In the past 12 games, they have gone 13-36 (36.4%) with the man-advantage. Much of that success can be attributed to the Patrick Kane-Alex DeBrincat connection. Kane has always been an elite passer, but DeBrincat is starting to find himself in the perfect position to rack up power-play tallies.
  • Carl Dahlstrom had a brutal game on Saturday night against Vegas. He was caught out of position numerous times and got burned on the zone entry that led to the game-winning goal in overtime. He had been holding his own previously so it looks like Jeremy Colliton will stick with him and hope for a rebound performance instead of inserting newly acquired defenseman Slater Koekkoek into the lineup.
  • Devils leading scorer Taylor Hall (37 points) remains out of the lineup with a lower-body injury, so look for Kyle Palmieri (36 points) and Nico Hischier (31 points) to pick up the slack for New Jersey.

Projected Lineups

Blackhawks

DeBrincat - Toews - Kahun

Anisimov - Strome - Kane

Saad - Kampf - Caggiula

Kunitz - Kruger - Hayden

Keith - Gustafsson

Jokiharju - Seabrook

Dahlstrom - Murphy

Ward

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Devils

Johansson - Hischier - Palmieri

Wood - Zajac - Coleman

Seney - Zacha - Bratt

Boyle - Rooney - Stafford

Greene - Severson

Butcher - Vatanen

Mueller - Lovejoy

Blackwood

Kinkaid

Laugh It Off

Snoop Dogg was in the broadcast booth for Kings-Penguins on Saturday night and offered some ridiculous commentary when a scrap broke out. Let's get crackin'!

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