After a thrilling comeback win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, the Chicago Blackhawks will take on the New Jersey Devils tonight at the United Center, so we talked to a Devils fan about the matchup
Chances are, you don’t think too much about Chicago Blackhawks games against the New Jersey Devils. With Marty Brodeur and Zach Parise long gone, there has been little excitement going on with the Devils. So, basically since that surprising 2012 Stanley Cup Final appearance.
But here we are, a little more than 20 percent of the way through this season, and the Devils are among the surprises of the league. They had recently hit a cold spot of four straight games without a point, but that ended last night in a 2-1 win over lowly Florida.
It kept the Devils atop the uber-competitive Metropolitan Division, one point ahead of both Columbus and Pittsburgh. To give you an idea of how tough this division is, Washington is out of a playoff spot but sits just three points behind the Devils. There’s no room for error.
So that could mean some fireworks against a Blackhawks team that’s coming off a thrilling 4-3 overtime win against Carolina last night. Rookie Alex DeBrincat had a coming-out party of sorts, as coach Joel Quenneville let him have most of a game with top-tier talent. DeBrincat responded with two goals and the primary assist on Brandon Saad‘s game-winner.
So both Chicago and New Jersey are feeling a lot better today than they were most of the week prior. Could make for some fun hockey, especially with some of the Devils’ new faces.
For more on the Devils, we turned to Pucks and Pitchforks‘ Nick Villano for his opinion on just how the Devils have gotten off to such a hot start, and what they need to do to come out with a win against the Blackhawks tonight.