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11/12 Pregame Notes: Devils vs. Blackhawks

New Jersey Devils (10-4-2) at Chicago Blackhawks (8-7-2) 7PM ET • United Center • MSG+ • The One Jersey Network

by James Stolfi / newjerseydevils.com

LAST GAME: NOV. 11 - NEW JERSEY 2 vs. FLORIDA 1

The Devils beat the Florida Panthers, 2-1, to snap a four-game win-less streak and are now 10-4-2 overall and 5-3-1 at home. Saturdy's game closed out the Devils three-game home-stand (1-1-1) and was the first half of the Devils fourth of 16 back-to-back sets. The Devils are 3-1-0 in the first game of back-to-backs. New Jersey is 1-0-0 against Florida in 2017-18 and the two clubs will meet two more times in the regular season (Nov. 27 at NJ, Mar. 1 at FLA).

The Devils are a perfect 6-0-0 against the Atlantic Division (3-0-0 at home) and 7-1-0 against Eastern Conference opponents. New Jersey was 1-2 on the power play and perfect while shorthanded (4-4). 

Kyle Palmieri capitalized on the Devils first 5-on-3 opportunity of the season, for the game-winning goal. Will Butcher had the primary assist for his eighth power play assist, which ranks third in the NHL (tie, N. Kucherov, TB).  

Damon Severson scored his second goal of the season, while Nico Hischier and Jimmy Hayes also chipped in with assists. 

Cory Schneider stopped 32 of 33 shots to improve to 7-3-1.

Andy Greene led the Devils with 24:32 TOI and three blocked shots, while Steven Santini had a team-high four hits.

TONIGHT'S GAME AT CHICAGO

The Devils will face-off against the Chicago Blackhawks in the first of two games this season. New Jersey will host Chicago to finish the season series on Dec. 23. The Devils are looking to snap their two-game road win-less streak (0-1-1), which is their longest such streak of the season.

Tonight's game will close out New Jersey's fourth of 16 back-to-back sets. The Devils are 2-1-0 in second games of back-to-backs.

The Devils were 0-0-2 vs. the Blackhawks in 2016-17 and were outscored 5-7. New Jersey is 1-2-1 at the United Center since 2013-14.

In 2017-18, the Devils are 5-1-1 on the road and are 3-3-2 against Western Conference opponents. Specifically, the Devils are 1-1-0 against Central Division teams (Oct. 7, 4-1 vs. COL and Nov. 7, 1-3 vs. STL).  

The Devils lead the Metropolitan Division with 22 points and are third in the Eastern Conference, while Chicago is fifth in the Central Division and are sixth (tie, three others) in the Western Conference with 18 points.

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