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Can Chicago make it two in a row?

New Jersey Devils v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

We’ve been waiting for over a month now for the Hawks to find their offensive rhythm again. After a comeback win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night, can the Chicago Blackhawks make it two in a row with a win at home against the New Jersey Devils?

Alex DeBrincat was the first star on Saturday, scoring twice and setting up Brandon Saad for the game-winner in overtime. Those two players ended long scoring droughts, but there are still several other Hawks who’ve struggled to make the scoresheet. Jonathan Toews has just one goal and two assists in his last eight games. Patrick Kane has just three assists in his last seven games and hasn’t scored since an October 24 game against the Vegas Golden Knights. Ryan Hartman has scored once in his last 10 games and has no goals in his last five. Perhaps their droughts are

The Devils got off to an incredible start, rocketing to the top of the Metropolitan Division where they remain one point ahead of the second-place Columbus Blue Jackets. Forward Taylor Hall leads the way with five goals and 12 assists, while rookie sensation Will Butcher has 13 assists from the blue line and will be the one to watch whenever New Jersey goes to the power play — eight of his assists have come with the man advantage.

November has cooled the Devils’ red-hot start, though, losing four in a row before rebounding with a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers last night. Goaltender Cory Schneider was the star in that one, stopping 32 of the 33 shots he faced. With him playing last night, expect Keith Kinkaid to slide between the pipes tonight.

The projected lineups are the same for Chicago, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see coach Joel Quenneville break out his trusty Line Blender™ at some point. Let’s see if Saturday night was an aberration or the start of something new for the Blackhawks.

Projected lineups

Blackhawks

Position Players
Position Players
F1 Brandan Saad - Jonathan Toews - Richard Panik
F2 Nick Schmaltz - Artem Anisimov - Patrick Kane
F3 Patrick Sharp - Tommy Wingles - Ryan Hartman
F4 Lance Bouma - Tanner Kero - Alex DeBrincat
D1 Duncan Keith - Cody Franson
D2 Gustav Forsling - Jan Rutta
D3 Connor Murphy - Brent Seabrook
Goaltender Anton Forsberg

Devils

Position Players
Position Players
F1 Taylor Hall - Nico Hischier - Kyle Palmieri
F2 Jesper Bratt - Adam Henrique - Drew Stafford
F3 Miles Wood - Brian Boyle - Jimmy Hayes
F4 Brian Gibbons - Blake Coleman - Stefan Noesen
D1 Andy Greene - Steven Santini
D2 John Moore - Damon Severson
D3 Will Butcher - Mirco Mueller
Goaltender Keith Kincaid

How to watch Blackhawks vs. Devils

Start time: 6 p.m. CT

Location: United Center, Chicago

TV: NBC Sports Chicago