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Devils look to bounce back from poor performance in last meeting with Chicago

Adam Henrique looks to continue his offensive effectiveness in 2014
Adam Henrique looks to continue his offensive effectiveness in 2014
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The last time the New Jersey Devils and Chicago Blackhawks faced off against one another, Cory Schneider and Antti Raanta combined for 42 saves.

32 of them were made by the Devils netminder.

Tonight when the two square off again for the last time this season, Pete DeBoer's squad will be hoping to redeem themselves from what the Devils coach called embarrassing.

"I think everybody in our group walked out of that rink embarrassed at the result, embarrassed at how we played," DeBoer said. " That's what a good team like that does to you if you don't show up and are ready to play."

This time around Schneider will take the night off as Martin Brodeur returns to the crease coming off of a win on Tuesday to finish out the 2013 calendar year. His 19 saves were enough to top the Pittsburgh Penguins, improving to 5-1-1 in his last seven starts.

The Devils finished out 2013 at 36-35-18.

Player Highlights Heading into Tonight:

Adam Henrique has returned to his original self and the player the Devils signed him to be, collecting six points through the last seven games (3g,3a). A goal tonight by Henrique would set a new career-high, breaking his three consecutive games with a goal record he has set twice in his career.

Michael Ryder also had a multipoint affair on Tuesday at the Penguins expense, notching his 12th goal of the season and third in his last seven contests. The offseason acquisition has points in back-to-back games and is one goal away from tying Jaromir Jagr with the team-high of 13.

Martin Brodeur is 9-3-6 against the Chicago Blackhawks while the Devils as a whole are 27-19-13 in the all-time series. New Jersey is a nearly perfect record of 8-0-1 against the Blackhawks dating back to the 1999-2000 season.

Ryane Clowe appeared in his ninth game with the Devils on Tuesday and tallied his first point since Oct. 4 when the Devils opened their season against the New York Islanders.

Chicago Blackhawks on the road: 13-5-3

New Jersey Devils at home: 8-5-5

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