The Blackhawks will be looking to keep the momentum going Monday at the United Center against the New Jersey Devils after winning three of their past four games.
As determined as they might be to put a red ribbon on a good stretch before the Christmas break, Chicago won't be able to help but notice some familiar faces out on the ice and across the bench.
Forward John Quenneville, acquired by the Blackhawks for John Hayden on June 22, will make his debut for Chicago and Hayden will play his 13th game with New Jersey this season, but his first contest against the Hawks since the trade.
Quenneville, a cousin of former Hawks coach Joel Quenneville, had 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in 19 games with the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL this season and five points (two goals, three assists) in 33 games with the Devils from 2016-2019. The 23-year-old was selected at No. 30 overall by New Jersey in the 2014 NHL Draft.
"I'm just trying to stick in the NHL," Quenneville said. "I think I've got the skillset and the ability to do it.
"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."
Hayden, 24, has one assist in 12 games with the Devils and had 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists) in 113 games with Chicago from 2017-2019. He was drafted by the Blackhawks in the third round (74th overall) in 2013.
"A lot of great memories," Hayden said of playing with the Hawks. "Definitely the teammates... it was just a special few seasons. I remember joining a week after I played [with] Harvard. Joining the team for the final push and then the playoff round against Nashville.
"A lot of good people in this organization. I have nothing but good memories from here. I still talk to my former teammates and it'll be fun tonight."
Hawks defenseman Adam Boqvist will play against his brother Jesper, a center for the Devils, for the first time at the NHL level. Adam was selected at No. 8 overall in the 2018 NHL Draft by Chicago and Jesper at No. 36 overall by New Jersey in 2017.
The two were usually on the same team, with their dad coaching, but saw plenty of competition against one another in the family's basement.
"I had kind of a tough time down there, Adam said. "But he's two years older than me so he's been growing a little bit more muscle than me, but I hope I can take him down one day down there."
Jesper, 21 (two years older than Adam), confirmed the battle tales.
"I always won, probably," Jesper said. "And he got pissed."
Jesper has enjoyed watching what Adam's been able to do in 13 games with Chicago. "A lot of fun, for sure." The older brother said. "And you're proud too. [I] have seen him since I was two. It's a lot of fun and just proud of him."
No. 3 vs. No. 1
No. 1 overall pick of the 2019 NHL Draft Jack Hughes and 2019's No. 3 pick, Kirby Dach, will faceoff for the second time on Monday. In their first NHL meeting on Dec. 6, Dach scored in the fifth round of the shootout and Corey Crawford stopped Hughes' attempt in the same round to give the Hawks a 2-1 win at the United Center.
Brent Seabrook is still undergoing evaluation and Andrew Shaw is still dealing with concussion symptoms.