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Blackhawks vs. Devils preview: Ryan Hartman to make his NHL debut

Rozsival out, Cumiskey in; Smith a healthy scratch.

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Ryan Hartman will make his NHL debut when the Chicago Blackhawks host the New Jersey Devils on Friday the 13th at the United Center.

Hartman, a West Dundee, Ill. native, was recalled last night and Teuvo Teravainen was sent down to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. In his first pro season, Hartman has eight goals and 10 assists in 47 games with the IceHogs. The 20-year-old forward was the Blackhawks' first-round pick, 30th overall, in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Hartman will take Ben Smith's spot on the fourth line. Smith is a healthy scratch. Michal Rozsival, however, is sidelined with a shoulder injury. Kyle Cumiskey, who was also called up last night, will also skate on the blue line. Cumiskey, 28, ranks third among IceHogs defensemen with 11 points (1G, 10A) in 38 games. It will be Cumiskey's first NHL game since Feb. 9, 2011.

Defenseman Tim Erixon remains day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Coach Joel Quenneville said Johnny Oduya and Niklas Hjalmarsson would reunite but did not confirm any other pairings.

Brandon Saad Jonathan Toews Marian Hossa
Patrick Kane Brad Richards Kris Versteeg
Bryan Bickell Andrew Shaw Daniel Carcillo
Patrick Sharp Marcus Kruger Ryan Hartman

Keith has played a lot lately with David Rundblad, so look for these defensive parings.

Duncan Keith David Rundblad
Niklas Hjalamrsson Johnny Oduya
Kyle Cumiskey Brent Seabrook

It will be the second meeting between the two teams this season. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews both scored in the 3-2 shootout for the Blackhawks, who have won three straight and six of their past eight against the Devils, on Dec. 9.

Scott Darling was in net and stopped 22-of-24 shots as the Blackhawks won their seventh straight game. Corey Crawford stopped 21-of-22 shots in a loss the only time he has faced them. It was also backup Keith Kinkaid first career start for the Devils.

Marian Hossa has netted three straight two-goal games, to lift his season total to 16 goals, but the Blackhawks have only skated away with two points once during that span. The Blackhawks won in St. Louis before falling to Arizona and Vancouver in a shootout and regulation, respectively.

Brandon Saad and Hossa scored on power-play goals in the final 2:11 of regulation to force overtime, while Kane tallied a goal and two assists to hold the NHL point lead at 62. Crawford made 31 saves.

The Blackhawks will look to capitalize on the man-advantage again tonight. The Devils boast the 25th-ranked penalty kill.

Chicago sits third in the Central Division, four points ahead of Winnipeg and six points back of second-place St. Louis. Winnipeg fell 3-1 to first-place Nashville last night, while St. Louis topped Tampa Bay 6-3.

Opponent Breakdown: New Jersey Devils

New Jersey enters Friday matchup without a point in two straight games. The Devils dropped a 6-2 decision to the Montreal Canadians on Saturday before losing to last-place Edmonton 2-1 on Monday. Before their recent skid, the Devils had won five of their past six.

Patrick Elias tallied the lone goal, while Cory Schneider made 22 saves in Monday's loss. The Devils are 12 points out of a wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

It will be Elias' 1,200th career game. Elias is the franchise's all-time goal (401), assists (605) and point scorer (1,006). He's has eight goals and 15 assists in 44 games, including two scorers in the last three games, this season.

Jaromir Jagr continues to define his age at 42. Jagr leads the Devils with 29 points and shares second with 11 goals.

Schneider will start in net for New Jersey. He's 2-1-1 with a 3.44 goals-against average and .901 save percentage against the Blackhawks.

Injury Report

Chicago: Trevor van Riemsdyk (knee) and Tim Erixon (lower-body, day-to-day)

New Jersey: Stephen Gionta (hand), Damon Severson (ankle), Bryce Salvador (back) and Ryane Clowe (concussion)

Game Information

When: 7:30 p.m. CT

Where: United Center


Radio: WGN-720

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