By Brad Vandenberk
After a gruesome loss on Sunday to their division rival Nashville Predators, the Chicago Blackhawks were on the road to play the New Jersey Devils. This would be the first and only meeting this year between the two clubs as each team came in sitting in the sixth position in their respected conferences. The Hawks are currently holding a five point lead in sixth, while the Devils are feeling the heat from the Ottawa Senators who are just two points behind them in the East. This game would mark the 17th straight contest that Jonathan Toews was not in the line up. The good news is he has been skating for seven consecutive days and sees a return in site. Duncan Keith was serving game two of his five game suspension given to him after hitting Canuck Daniel Sedin with a head shot just six days ago. On the brighter side, Steve Montador returned to the ice as a winger on the fourth line after missing 22 games with a concussion. He started with fourth line duties to ensure Monty eases himself back into game shape. Marcus Kruger also returned from an upper body injury giving the Hawks their second line center back. With the two players returning, Jimmy Hayes, Brendan Morrison and Michael Frolik were scratched. Carter Hutton was recalled from the IceHogs due to Ray Emery suffering an upper body injury during Sunday night’s debacle. Corey Crawford got the call from coach Q to start as fellow Quebecian Martin Brodeur was between the pipes for the Devils.