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PREVIEW: Blackhawks at Devils - Dec. 6, 2019

Chicago looks to ride momentum from OT win into second half of back-to-back vs. New Jersey

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

TIME: 6 p.m. CT
TV: NBCSCH+ RADIO: WGN Radio 720 STREAM: NHL.TV & MyTeamsApp

Fresh off Thursday night's win in Boston, the Moms Trip rolls on as the Blackhawks face the New Jersey Devils on Friday in The Garden State. 

 
TEAM RECORDS

  • CHI: 11-12-5, 27 PTS (7th in Central)
  • NJD: 9-14-4, 22 PTS (8th in Metropoliton)


LAST TIME OUT

Chicago raced out to a 3-0 lead and took a 4-3 overtime win in Boston on Thursday night with goals from Ryan Carpenter, Dylan Strome, Alex DeBrincat and an OT winner from Jonathan Toews. The win ended a three-game slide for the Blackhawks, who complete their sixth back-to-back of the season tonight in New Jersey.

The Devils dropped a 4-3 result to the Vegas Golden Knights in the first game with interim head coach Alain Nasreddine in charge following John Hynes' dismissal earlier in the day. Jonathan Marchessault scored a natural hat trick in the third period for Vegas to overcome a 2-1 New Jersey lead with goals from Kyle Palmieri and Jesper Bratt. Taylor Hall notched his team-leading 22nd point (4G, 18A) on Nico Hischer's late tally in the third. 

In two meetings a year ago, the home team prevailed both times, New Jersey taking an 8-5 win on Jan. 14 at the Prudential Center and Chicago with a 5-2 win at the United Center on Feb. 14. Patrick Kane (3G, 4A) led the season series in scoring, while Travis Zajac (2G, 2A) led the Devils. 


LINEUP NOTES

Chicago did not hold a morning skate ahead of the second game of the back-to-back, but Jeremy Colliton confirmed that Corey Crawford will start, splitting the two-game stretch with Robin Lehner. With his next victory, Crawford will become just the third goalie in Blackhawks history to reach 250 wins (Tony Esposito - 418, Glenn Hall - 276).

Olli Maatta (flu-like symptoms) is a game-time decision after missing last night's game. 

Tweet from @NHLBlackhawks: Crawford starts and Maatta is a game-time decision tonight against the Devils, per Coach Colliton.#CHIvsNJD

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