Steve Montador is expected to return to the lineup vs the Devils tonight.  

 

     Steve has missed 22 consecutive  games with an upper body injury that might have been a concussion.  

 

     

     The 32 year old Steve this year has  5 goals and 9 assists in 51 games this season.  Since he is coming back off a long injury, the Hawks will go with 7 defencemen to ease him back into the lineup.    

 

     Brendan Morrison will be a healthy scratch.  

 

     Montador will have little effect on the Hawks playoff games.  He will end up probably a 4th line defenceman if anything .  The best he might do is key passes, stick checks, keep the puck in the zone, and back checks.  All this is but I do not see him producing goals or assists.