Devils host Blackhawks

March, 27, 2012
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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.
Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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