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Boqvist brothers set to meet for first time in NHL

by Brandon Cain / Independent Correspondent

DEVILS (11-19-5) at BLACKHAWKS (15-16-6)

8:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCH, MSG+2, NHL.TV


The Game

Brothers Jesper Boqvist and Adam Boqvist will play their first NHL game against each other when the New Jersey Devils visit the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Monday.

Jesper Boqvist, a forward, has three goals in 21 games this season for the Devils, who have lost two straight and are 2-8-1 in their past 11 games. Adam Boqvist, a defenseman, has three points (one goal, two assists) in 13 games for the Blackhawks, who have won two straight after going 1-4-1 in their previous six games.

John Quenneville will make his Chicago debut and face his former team for the first time; the forward, recalled from Rockford of the American Hockey League on Sunday, played 33 games over three seasons with New Jersey before the Blackhawks acquired him in a trade for forward John Hayden on June 22. Hayden, who will face Chicago for the first time, has one assist in 12 games with the Devils.

Players to watch

Devils forward Kyle Palmieri has three goals in his past four games. He leads New Jersey with 14 goals.

Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has 10 points (six goals, four assists) in his past five games and eight points (three goals, five assists) in his past three games against New Jersey.


They said it

"It's a lot of fun for sure. It was something we talked a little bit about when I signed, so it will be a lot of fun." -- Devils forward Jesper Boqvist on playing against his brother, Chicago defenseman Adam Boqvist

"I went to a new team this year and went through a little bit of growing pains to try to switch to a new squad and now I've found a way to have success and get my game going again." -- Blackhawks forward John Quenneville


Devils projected lineup

Jesper Boqvist -- Nico Hischier -- Kyle Palmieri

Blake Coleman -- Travis Zajac -- Nikita Gusev

Miles Wood -- Jack Hughes -- Wayne Simmonds

Jesper Bratt -- Pavel Zacha -- John Hayden

Andy Greene -- P.K. Subban

Will Butcher -- Sami Vatanen

Mirco Mueller -- Damon Severson

Mackenzie Blackwood

Gilles Senn

Scratched: Connor Carrick, Michael McLeod, Kevin Rooney

Injured: Louis Domingue (lower body), Matt Tennyson (upper body)


Blackhawks projected lineup

Dominik Kubalik -- Jonathan Toews -- John Quenneville

Alex Nylander -- Dylan Strome -- Patrick Kane

Alex DeBrincat -- Kirby Dach -- Ryan Carpenter

Zack Smith -- David Kampf -- Matthew Highmore

Duncan Keith -- Adam Boqvist

Connor Murphy -- Erik Gustafsson

Olli Maatta -- Dennis Gilbert

Corey Crawford

Robin Lehner

Scratched: Slater Koekkoek, Dylan Sikura

Injured: Drake Caggiula (concussion protocol), Calvin de Haan (right shoulder), Brandon Saad (right ankle), Brent Seabrook (undisclosed), Andrew Shaw (concussion protocol)

Status report

Jesper Boqvist was a healthy scratch for a 5-1 loss at the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. … Quenneville is in for Sikura. … Seabrook is still being evaluated, Chicago coach Jeremy Colliton said.


Stat pack

Gusev has three assists in his past three games. … Keith needs one goal for 100 in the NHL.

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