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Five Things to Watch:
1. Down two centers?
The Blackhawks have found a way to pick up five out of a possible six points in their last three games without Jonathan Toews, who will miss a fourth straight with an upper-body injury, but it's asking a lot if you also take away their second-line center who had been filling in on the top line. Artem Anisimov limped off the ice late in the third period of Wednesday's game, and didn't return. He has officially been cleared to play, so the lines won't be as interesting as we initially thought, but it's worth watching whether Anisimov will be at full strength.
2. Strong on the penalty kill.
The Devils haven't taken many advantages on the power play away from home this season, cashing in on only three of their 39 opportunities, a success rate of 7.7 percent, which ranks second-worst. They will be getting a big boost on offense tonight, however, with Taylor Hall, who's been sidelined for the last eight games with a knee injury, returning to the lineup. It will also be a challenge considering Jonathan Toews remains out, which takes away one of the Blackhawks' top penalty killers. One way to avoid this problem is to stay out of the box all together.
3. Corey Crawford vs. Cory Schneider.
Stop us if you've heard this before: Crawford has been standing on his head lately, and the Blackhawks wouldn't be stealing points on a consistent basis without him. He came up large again in Wednesday's 2-1 shootout win over Florida, stopping 38 of 39 shots, including both shootout attempts. Crawford's counterpart tonight isn't too bad, either. While his numbers aren't quite as good as they were last year, Schneider remains one of the league's top goaltenders with a 8-6-3 record, 2.56 goals against average and .914 save percentage this season. He backstopped the Devils to victories in both meetings against the Blackhawks last year, turning aside 54 of 58 shots, good for a .931 save percentage. Perhaps we'll see another goaltending duel.
4. Slow down Michael Cammalleri.
One of the hottest sticks in the league right now is Cammalleri, who was named the NHL's second star of the week after recording at least two points in all three games. He has seven goals and four assists in his last six, which included a hat trick, the sixth of his career, in a 4-1 win over Carolina despite logging a season-low 13:10 minutes of ice time. The 34-year-old winger ranks second on the team in points with 14 despite missing six games with an injury. Keep the puck off his twig.
5. John Quenneville to make his NHL debut.
It will be a mini family reunion at the United Center tonight. After placing Beau Bennett (leg) on injured reserve, John Quenneville was recalled by the Devils and is expected to make his debut — unless the return of Taylor Hall somehow blocks him from hopping into the lineup, which would put a damper on a cool story. John is the second cousin of Joel, the Blackhawks' head coach. He was a first-round pick (No. 30 overall) in the 2014 draft, and leads Albany, the Devils' AHL affiliate, in goals (7) and points (17) through 19 games. It should be a memorable moment for all the Quenneville's in the house.
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