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New Jersey, Chicago aim to keep momentum going after ending losing streaks

by Charlie Roumeliotis / Correspondent

DEVILS (10-4-2) at BLACKHAWKS (8-7-2)



The Game

The New Jersey Devils and Chicago Blackhawks will each look to earn two consecutive wins when they play at United Center on Sunday.

The Devils ended a four-game losing streak by defeating the Florida Panthers 2-1 on Saturday. New Jersey is 5-1-1 on the road, but 1-2-1 in Chicago since the 2013-14 season.

The Blackhawks, who had lost two straight games and seven of 10 (4-5-1), rallied from down two goals to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 in overtime Saturday. They were held to two goals or fewer in nine of their previous 12 games.


Players to watch

Devils left wing Taylor Hall is two points from reaching 400 in his NHL career.

Blackhawks rookie forward Alex DeBrincat has six points (four goals, two assists) in his past six games.


They said it

"I think our team was starting to get a little down on ourselves. We weren't getting the results we wanted, but this is a good way to propel us into the weekend. It's a big back-to-back for us. I'm looking forward to playing Chicago tomorrow night." -- Devils forward Kyle Palmieri after the win Saturday

"That's a big comeback win and one we needed in the room. Hopefully we can keep moving with this. Getting two goals was nice. I get a few puck bounces there and get lucky and it goes in. But it was good timing for me. We definitely needed this win." -- Alex DeBrincat after a three-point game (two goals, assist) against the Hurricanes


Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Nico Hischier -- Kyle Palmieri

Jesper Bratt -- Adam Henrique -- Drew Stafford

Brian Gibbons -- Brian Boyle -- Jimmy Hayes

Miles Wood -- Blake Coleman -- Stefan Noesen

Andy Greene -- Steven Santini

John Moore -- Mirco Mueller

Will Butcher -- Damon Severson

Keith Kinkaid

Cory Schneider

Scratched: Dalton Prout, Ben Lovejoy, Pavel Zacha

Injured: Marcus Johansson (concussion), Travis Zajac (torn pectoral muscle)


Blackhawks projected lineup

Brandon Saad -- Jonathan Toews -- Richard Panik

Nick Schmaltz -- Artem Anisimov -- Patrick Kane

Lance Bouma -- Tanner Kero -- Alex DeBrincat

Patrick Sharp -- Tommy Wingels -- Ryan Hartman

Duncan Keith -- Cody Franson

Gustav Forsling -- Jan Rutta

Connor Murphy -- Brent Seabrook

Corey Crawford

Anton Forsberg

Scratched: John Hayden, Michal Kempny, Jordan Oesterle

Injured: Michal Rozsival (upper body)


Status report

Zajac was cleared to practice Saturday but is not ready to return to the lineup. He could make his season debut next week.


Stat pack

The Devils have scored 52 non-shootout goals in 16 games. They scored 39 after their first 16 games last season. ... Saad ended a 10-game goal drought Saturday and leads the League with five game-winning goals.

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