Scouting report: Blackhawks vs. New Jersey Devils

Updated 12/5/2019 8:06 PM

Scouting report

Blackhawks vs. New Jersey Devils, 6 p.m. at Prudential Center


TV: NBCSCH • Radio: WGN 720-AM

The skinny: New Jersey has the second-worst record in the NHL at 9-14-4 and fired coach John Hynes just 2.5 hours before facing Vegas on Tuesday. The Devils have lost three straight and six of eight. ... This should be a matchup of top draft picks, but New Jersey's Jack Hughes (4G, 7A) has missed three games with a lower-body injury. ... The Devils' Taylor Hall, who racked up 39 goals in 2017-18, managed just 11 in 33 games last season and has just 4 in 27 this season. Kyle Palmieri leads New Jersey with 10 goals. ... New Jersey ranks 28th on the power play (13.1 percent) and 24th on the penalty kill (76.1). ... The Hawks split their two games with New Jersey last season.

Next: Arizona Coyotes, 6 p.m. Sunday at United Center

-- John Dietz

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