[7:38 PM] Blackhawks @ Devils

Who will WIN this matchup?

Chicago Blackhawks (3-3-1)

@ New Jersey Devils (3-2-1)


Starting Goalies:

Corey Crawford (CHI): Confirmed

Keith Kinkaid (NJ): Confirmed


Current odds:

Chicago Blackhawks: (TBD)

New Jersey Devils: (TBD)


While captain Jonathan Toews is mired in his traditional slow start to a season, the Chicago Blackhawks have overcome their own early missteps to post a 3-1-1 mark in their last five games.

While Toews is sputtering, Taylor Hall has continued his sizzling stretch out of the gate with two goals and an assist in Tuesday’s 5-3 win over Arizona. The top overall pick of the 2010 draft, Hall has notched all six of his points on home ice and has recorded four goals in the first six games of the season for the second time in three years.

Hossa has recorded 42 points (19 goals, 23 assists) in 45 career meetings with the Devils.

Goaltender Keith Kinkaid is slated to make his first start of the season on Friday while workhorse Cory Schneider is tabbed to get the nod Saturday versus Tampa Bay.

New Jersey, which is 3-0-0 at home and 0-2-1 on the road this season, will look to exploit Chicago’s 30th-ranked penalty kill (46.1 percent).


StreakSmarts Pick: Chicago Blackhawks

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick