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PREVIEW: Blackhawks vs. Devils - Dec. 23, 2019

Chicago brings two-game win streak into final meeting of the season against New Jersey

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum / Blackhawks.com

TIME: 7:30 p.m. CT
TV: NBCSCH RADIO: WGN Radio 720 STREAM: NHL.TV & MyTeamsApp

The Blackhawks return home to face the New Jersey Devils on Monday night, riding a two-game win streak into their final game before the Christmas break (TICKETS).


TEAM RECORDS

CHI: 15-16-6, 36 PTS (7th in Central)
NJD: 11-19-5, 27 PTS (8th in Metropoliton)


LAST TIME OUT

Chicago stormed back with four unanswered goals in the third period to beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-3 on Saturday night, capping off a two-game road trip with a pair of wins. Jonathan Toews (1G, 2A) led the team in scoring, while Patrick Kane, Kirby Dach, Dominik Kubalik and Connor Murphy all found the net in the final frame. 

New Jersey dropped a pair of games over the weekend, a 6-3 result to Washington on Friday night at home and a 5-1 loss to Columbus on Saturday in Ohio. Kyle Palmieri leads the team with 14 goals and 8 assists on the year. 

The two teams met earlier this month, with the Blackhawks taking 2-1 win in a four-round shootout with Kirby Dach scoring the final-round winner. Alex DeBrincat scored Chicago's lone regulation goal while Taylor Hall, who was traded to Arizona last week, scored for the Devils.

Video: NJD vs. CHI game preview


LINEUP NOTES

Corey Crawford returns to the net against the Devils and John Quenneville will make his Blackhawks debut against his former team on Monday night, replacing Dylan Sikura in the lineup. The forward made also made his NHL debut at the United Center with New Jersey on Dec. 1, 2016.


BOQVIST SHOWDOWN

Monday night will mark the first time Blackhawks defenseman Adam Boqvist faces off against his older brother, Jesper, a center for the Devils. 

"We played against each other in the basement," Adam said of the only other time he's played against his brother. "We played on the same team growing up, my dad was the coach and now he's in the crowd, so it's going to be a lot of fun tonight."

Adam and Jesper's parents flew from their native Sweden and arrived in Chicago on Saturday to see the matchup and after the game, Adam will fly to New York with his parents to spend the holiday together. 

"I hope they can cheer for me today," the Blackhawk said with a laugh."...Good thing though is we don't fly with my brother (so it won't be awkward)."

Video: Colliton on Kane, Toews


QUENNEVILLE DEBUT

Following a call up on Sunday, Quenneville with don a Blackhawks sweater for the first time against his former team.

Acquired from New Jersey on June 22, the forward missed the end of training camp and started the season on injured reserve with a right hip injury. Once healthy, it took him time to get back to full speed and settle in with a new organization, but over the last five games as come into his own with eight points (4G, 4A).  

"(I) went through a little bit of growing pains to try and switch to a new squad and now I've found a way to have success and get my game going again," he said. "I'm feeling good and hopefully it goes well for me tonight and hopefully the team can get a win here."

"He is playing well and (we've) had a lot of good reports. He had to battle his way back from an injury during camp and (got) a late start in Rockford, but he's been one of their most important players," Colliton said of the most recent call up. "He plays a gritty game, he's got some skill, he's got a big personality too, which can't hurt in our room, a little more energy.

"I'm sure he'll have lots of juice playing his hold team. Excited to see if he can give us a boost."

When asked if he'd like to make a statement offensively against his former team, Quenneville smiled and added: "I would like to pop one in tonight, for sure."

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