Devils-Blackhawks Preview

The Chicago Blackhawks’ red-hot Patrick Kane is on the verge of

matching the longest point streak of his career. Jaromir Jagr has

also been highly productive lately for the New Jersey Devils.

While Kane seeks a point in a 12th straight contest, Jagr tries

to extend his point streak to eight and lead the Devils to a fourth

win in five games Monday night at the United Center.

Kane has six goals and 14 assists during an 11-game run, and at

least one point in 23 of his last 24 – 37 total – to move to second

in the league behind Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby. Kane’s 12-game

point streak ran from Nov. 3-27.

Kane had a goal and an assist to help give Chicago a 2-0 lead

Friday against Vancouver, but the Blackhawks couldn’t hold that

advantage and lost 3-2 after an eight-round shootout.

Chicago, 5-1-1 in its last seven, also had a streak of 10

consecutive games with at least one power-play goal snapped by

going 0 for 4 against the league’s best penalty kill unit.

“I thought our power play might have let us down a little bit

tonight,” Kane said. “We didn’t really create any momentum off of

it and they probably got momentum off them killing them off, so

it’s something we’ll try to improve on.”

The Blackhawks (25-7-6) now face a Devils penalty kill that’s

given up just five goals in the last 43 times it’s been

short-handed (11.6 percent).

New Jersey (15-15-7) is 3-0-1 since Dec. 14, and Jagr has two

goals and nine assists in his last seven games. The 41-year-old

winger had a goal and two assists in a 5-4 overtime win over

Washington on Saturday.

“He amazes me every night I come to the rink,” coach Pete DeBoer

said. “I don’t have a lot more adjectives to describe him, but he’s

a pleasure to work with.”

After falling in overtime to Anaheim on Friday, the Devils

rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period against the

Capitals. Dainius Zubrus tallied the tying goal with 8:13 remaining

and defenseman Andy Greene capped a three-point night with the

game-winning score.

“I thought we responded very well when we were down two goals,

and it’s a big win for us,” Jagr said.

Jagr’s next goal will push him past Mark Messier for seventh

all-time, and he needs three points to pass Mario Lemieux for

seventh on that list.

Jagr has 13 goals and 14 assists in 25 all-time regular-season

games against the Blackhawks but hasn’t scored against them since


New Jersey has won the last two matchups with Chicago and is

making its first trip to the United Center since a 5-3 victory Nov.

3, 2010.

Kane has two assists in six career games versus New Jersey, and

the Devils are one of two teams he’s never scored a goal against,

along with Pittsburgh.