The New Jersey Devils will be going against a very angry Chicago Blackhawks team tonight. After losing 3-2 against the Rangers, in a very winnable game, they will be looking for a little blood tonight against the streaking Devils.
The Devils, who learned yesterday that Zach Parise will miss three months, have a league-worst nine losses and seven points; two things that we were not expecting to associate with the Devils this year.
Since posting a 2-1 victory in Anaheim on Friday, the Devils have scored just one goal over two straight losses to Los Angeles and Vancouver. New Jersey was blanked 3-0 by Roberto Luongo and the Canucks on Monday after dropping a 3-1 decision in LA on Saturday.
Martin Brodeur stopped 20 shots in defeat for the Devils and the loss wasn't the only bad news New Jersey received on Monday. The Devils also learned that forward Zach Parise will undergo exploratory arthroscopic surgery on his knee and will be out for an undetermined period of time. Parise aggravated an injury Saturday night in Los Angeles that hampered him during the summer.
Parise recorded a team-high 82 points (38 goals, 44 assists) in 2009-10.
The loss of Parise will place even more pressure on fellow winger Ilya Kovalchuk to break out of his scoring slump. The Russian star has three goals and three assists on the year, but hasn't registered a single point over his last four games. Kovalchuk, of course, is in the first season of a 15-year, $100 million deal.
The Devils, who will begin a three-game homestand Friday against the rival New York Rangers, are 3-5-0 as the road team overall this year.
(The Sports Network contributed to this report.)