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Thursday, March 11th (All times eastern)

Chicago Blackhawks (18-35-9-6) at New Jersey Devils (35-21-11-2), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils will attempt to get back on the winning track this evening, when they skate against the lowly Chicago Blackhawks at Continental Airlines Arena.

New Jersey has dropped five of its last seven contests to remain in sixth place in the Eastern Conference. The Devils are four points behind fifth place Boston and one point ahead of Montreal.

The Devils dropped a 3-1 decision to the arch-rival Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night. New Jersey is now seven points behind Philadelphia for first place in the division.

Turner Stevenson scored the lone goal for New Jersey, while Martin Brodeur made 17 saves in defeat.

Defenseman Brian Rafalski sat out the final two periods after aggravating a bruise behind the back of his right knee. It is unknown when Rafalski will return to the ice.

The Devils failed to pick up a point for the first time in four games (2-1-0-1) and fell to 2-4-0-1 in their last seven. New Jersey has lost two straight at home after going five games without a loss (4-0-1) at the Meadowlands.

Chicago is well out of the playoff race with a Western Conference low 51 points. The Blackhawks are 1-4-2-1 in their last eight contests and 2-6-2-1 in their last 11.

The Blackhawks have had an extended break since falling 4-3 in overtime to the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. Tyler Arnason had a pair of power-play goals for the Blackhawks, while Eric Daze added a tally in the win.

Matt Underhill yielded four goals on 33 shots to suffer a loss in his NHL debut.

Just before the trade deadline Tuesday, the Blackhawks dealt veteran defenseman Alexander Karpovtsev for a fourth-round pick in the 2004 draft. The 33-year-old Karpovtsev has registered seven assists in just 24 games this season. Karpovtsev missed nearly three months of action with an ankle injury.

Karpovtsev has spent the last four seasons with Chicago after coming over from Toronto in a trade for Bryan McCabe.

Chicago has posted a 2-1-1 mark in its last four road contests. For the year, Chicago is 6-23-4-1 in foreign buildings.

These teams skated to a 2-2 tie on December 21 at the United Center. New Jersey is 6-2-4 in the last 12 meetings between these teams. Chicago is winless (0-4-1) in its last five trips to Jersey.

03/11 10:23:21 ET


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