Blackwood (heel) is not expected to be ready to play in Friday's matchup with the Blackhawks, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.

Despite being unavailable Friday, Blackwood remains the presumptive No. 1 for the Devils this season ahead of Jonathan Bernier. Still, if the 24-year-old Blackwood struggles out the gate this year or misses a significant chunk of time, he could see his workload slowly diminish throughout the year.

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