The Devils are looking to bounce back from Tuesday's home loss to St. Louis when they visit Chicago tonight. New Jersey has dropped its last two visits to United Center and is seeking its first win there since Nov. 2010.
2. Tonight's starter Cory Schneider has allowed two goals or less in each of his last five starts since Oct. 29. He's 3-2-0 with a 1.78 goals-against average and .938 save percentage during that stretch.
3. Stefan Matteau returns to the lineup for the first time since Oct. 24 at Buffalo. He replaces Jiri Tlusty, who will be a healthy scratch for the first time this season. Matteau, who was born in Chicago, has five shots, 11 hits and one blocked shot in six appearances this year.
4. The Devils penalty kill has been perfect over the last four games (12/12) and has gone 18 for 19 (94.7%) over its past seven contests. New Jersey’s PK is 39/48 (81.2%) overall, which ranks 14th in the NHL; they were 25th in the league on Oct. 27.
5. Lee Stempniak, who has four points in his last three games (1g-3a) has recorded more points vs. Chicago than any other NHL team (16g-15a-31pts). Damon Severson has three points (0g-3a) in two career games against the Blackhawks.
6. The Blackhawks are 7-1-1 at home and have outscored their opponents by a 28-17 margin at United Center this season.
This Day in Devils History: On November 12, 2007, former captain Scott Stevens was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Stevens recorded 93g-337a-430pts and 1007 PIM in 956 regular season games with New Jersey from 1991-2004. He was a member of each of the Devils’ three Stanley Cup Championship teams and won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2000.