Chicago Blackhawks 18 pts (8-7-2)
New Jersey Devils 22 pts (10-4-2)
6 p.m. CT
United Center – Chicago, IL
TV: NBC Sports Chicago
Radio:WGN 720 AM
NJD @ CHI
CHI @ NJD
Patrick Kane, 15
Taylor Hall, 17
Brandon Saad, 7
Brian Gibbons, 7
Patrick Kane, 10
Will Butcher, 13
The Blackhawks return home after a thrilling come-from-behind overtime win at the Carolina Hurricanes last night. The team did not hold a morning skate today, which is standard practice when playing back-to-back games.
Joel Quenneville rarely changes his lineup following a win, so we should expect the same 18 skaters dressed tonight. Where they will start is another issue. Alex DeBrincat showed what he can do when playing with top six talent last night, so there is no way he should start the game on the fourth line. We will have to wait until the pregame warmup to see how the lines are put together.
The only change we can count on is Corey Crawford in net after Anton Forsberg picked up his first win with the Blackhawks last night.
The Devils are in the midst of a rebuild, but nobody told their young players that they are supposed to be competitive this season. After getting off to a red hot start, they have only one win in their last five games and that came last night versus the Florida Panthers.
The Blackhawks will face Keith Kincaid instead of Cory Schneider, who made 32 saves in a 2-1 victory.
The Devils are 2-1-0 in the second half of back-to-back games this season, while the Blackhawks are 1-2-1.
Probable Blackhawks Lineup
Brandan Saad - Jonathan Toews - Richard Panik
Nick Schmaltz - Artem Anisimov - Patrick Kane
Patrick Sharp - Tommy Wingles - Ryan Hartman
Lance Bouma - Tanner Kero - Alex DeBrincat
Duncan Keith - Cody Franson
Gustav Forsling - Jan Rutta
Connor Murphy - Brent Seabrook
Corey Crawford (7-6-0, 1.87 GAA, .942 save %, 2 SO)
RW-Marian Hossa (skin infection) out, RW-Jordan Tootoo (upper-body) out, D-Michal Rozsival (upper-body) out
Probable Devils Lineup
Taylor Hall - Nico Hischier - Kyle Palmieri
Jesper Bratt - Adam Henrique - Drew Stafford
Miles Wood - Brian Boyle - Jimmy Hayes
Brian Gibbons - Blake Coleman - Stefan Noesen
Andy Greene - Steven Santini
John Moore - Damon Severson
Will Butcher - Mirco Mueller
Keith Kincaid (3-1-1, 2.88 GAA, .903 save %, 0 SO)
LW-Marcus Johansson (concussion) out