After this morning’s practice, coach Joel Quenneville said he expects Cristobal Huet to be back in net for the Blackhawks as they host the New Jersey Devils in what many are considering a potential Stanley Cup Finals preview.
Huet was pulled early in the second period of Tuesday night’s loss in Dallas after allowing four goals on only 10 shots. The Blackhawks offense eventually tied the game, only to lose on the one goal Antti Niemi allowed in 14 shots in relief.
In the net for the Devils this evening of course will be Martin Brodeur, who recently broke the all-time record for career shutouts. Last night he pitched a shutout in Pittsburgh, extending the Devils’ lead in the Atlantic Division.
This will also be the first time John Madden faces his former team. Madden won a Stanley Cup in Jersey, and was one of the more popular players for the Devils over the past decade. For the Hawks, Patrick Kane has been arguably the hottest forward in the NHL over the past couple weeks. He was named the league’s Second Star last week after three game-winning goals, and he has scored seven in his last five games.