Free NHL Picks and Tips: Chicago Blackhawks at New Jersey Devils
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The Chicago Blackhawks attempt to extend their winning streak against the Eastern Conference when they visit the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday. Chicago, which has won four of five on the road, has captured seven straight meetings with teams from the East.
Both clubs are sixth in their respective conferences, with New Jersey only two points ahead of Ottawa. The Devils have lost four of five overall and two straight at home.
@ New Jersey
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
TV: 7 p.m. ET, CS Chicago (Blackhawks), MSG Plus (Devils)
Chicago Blackhawks (42-26-8): Chicago had its seven-game point streak (6-0-1) snapped Sunday against Nashville. The Blackhawks played without captain Jonathan Toews, who missed his 16th consecutive game with a concussion, and defenseman Duncan Keith, who began serving his five-game suspension for elbowing Vancouver's Daniel Sedin on Wednesday. The former Norris Trophy winner refused to criticize the league's ruling. "I'm not going to sit here and question things or wonder how they came to their decision," he said. "I respect what they decided was fair, and I'll serve my time." Defenseman Steve Montador, who has sat out 22 games with a concussion, has been cleared for contact.
New Jersey Devils (42-28-6): New Jersey is looking to get its offense untracked as it has scored three goals or less in each of its last seven games. Defenseman Anton Volchenkov missed Sunday's loss at Pittsburgh with a lower-body injury. He did not practice Monday and is unlikely to play against Chicago. "He's feeling better, but not ready to skate yet," coach Peter DeBoer said. Blueliner Peter Harrold was recalled from Albany of the AHL on Monday. Harrold appeared in five games for the Devils earlier this season, posting a minus-1 rating.
Chicago has lost seven of its last eight
visits to New Jersey and is 3-11-1 in the last 15 overall matchups between the
2. The Devils have earned at least one point in nine of their last 10 meetings with the Blackhawks (6-1-3).
NHL PREDICTION: Blackhawks 4, Devils 2
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