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Bolts at Devils Keys to the Game

Sunday, 02.26.2012 / 8:56 AM / Bolts Report
By Rick Peckham  - Tampa Bay Lightning Broadcaster
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Bolts at Devils Keys to the Game
Hello Bolts Nation!

Hello Bolts Nation, another early start for the Lightning as they visit the Devils in Newark for the first time this season. Coverage begins at 1 pm on Sun Sports.  Couple of things to look for:

KEY 1: AGGRESSIVE START
We lamented the bad bounces the Lightning got early yesterday and it wasn't sour grapes. They actually started well with a strong forecheck that produced 8 of their 11 shots from right around the enemy net. They obviously didn't get the results but they can't start any differently today and expect to win.
KEY 2: TIDY UP THE HOUSE
Through most of this 10-5-2 stretch (one of the East's best records in that span) the Bolts' D-zone coverage has been solid with the forwards coming back and supporting the defense well. They need to rediscover that today.
KEY 3: HANG TOUGH
The Devils have had a problem closing out games at times.  On eight occasions they have surrendered the tying or losing goal in the final 2:45 of regulation this season. A little late magic would lift the spirits for the Lightning.

Enjoy the game everyone!

A veteran of broadcasting professional hockey for the past 33 seasons, Rick Peckham is in his 16th season as the play-by-play announcer for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Sun Sports.

Author: Rick Peckham | Tampa Bay Lightning Broadcaster