Losers in four of their last five games, the Devils hope to rebound against the Blackhawks Tuesday with Chicago looking for a bounce-back game as well.
Although 9-2-1 over their last 12 games, the Blackhawks suffered a 6-1 drubbing by Nashville Sunday night.
They will be without captain Jonathan Toews (concussion) for the 17th straight game and top defenseman Duncan Keith, who will serve the second of a five-game ban for his concussion-causing hit on Vancouver's Daniel Sedin.
Both teams currently sit in sixth place in their respective conferences, arguably the best position for a favorable first-round match-up.
Martin Brodeur will face Chicago's Corey Crawford in goal Tuesday night.
Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov (lower body) did not participate in the team's optional morning skate; New Jersey recalled Peter Harrold from Albany (AHL) Monday.