Season Series: This is the second of four meetings this season between the two teams. New Jersey traveled to the St. Pete Times Forum on October 8 and snatched a victory from the Lightning with the game-tying goal by Travis Zajac coming with one second remaining in regulation. Zach Parise scored the lone goal in the shootout after the scoreless overtime period, as the Devils escaped with a 4-3 shootout win. For Tampa Bay, Steven Stamkos recorded his first multi-goal game of the season and Todd Fedoruk scored his first goal as a member of the Lightning.
The Big Story: The Lightning hope to improve to 5-0-2 at home this season in the final contest of a four-game home-stand. The Lightning are the only team in the Eastern Conference who are unbeaten in regulation at home this season.
LIGHTNING– Tonight’s game marks the final contest of a four-game home-stand before the team travels north for a four game, seven night road trip which starts in Philadelphia and wraps up in Montreal.
The Bolts have received consistent play in multiple areas during their previous three games. Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos and Ryan Malone have each recorded at least a point in two out of Tampa Bay’s last three games and goaltender Mike Smith has gone 2-0-1 in his last three starts, posting a 1.94 GAA and a .933 save percentage. Defenseman David Hale has provided solid play along the blue line, including his first career two-point game on Thursday. Hale logged a season-high 21:00 in ice time on October 24 against Buffalo while recording a blocked shot.
DEVILS – Tonight’s game is the last of a quick two-game road trip before the team returns back home to the Prudential Center on November 4 against Washington.
The Devils have not had much luck finding the back of the net this season, scoring only 29 goals which ranks tied for 11th in the Eastern Conference. New Jersey’s victory against Boston on October 29 gave the Devils a 6-0-0 record on the road, which is their best start in franchise history away from home. Backup goaltender Yann Danis had an impressive season debut against Boston in his team’s last game as he filled in for Martin Brodeur. Danis made 31 saves on 32 shots as the Devils topped the Bruins 2-1.
- Martin St. Louis extended his point streak in the Lightning’s previous game against Ottawa, recording an assist. St. Louis leads the Lightning with 14 points and is the only player in the NHL who has tallied at least one point in all games this season, a franchise record 10 games to open the season.
- Steven Stamkos has recorded three multi-goal games this season and enters tonight with a six-game point streak and a career-high four-game goal streak.
- Zach Parise has recorded ten points in his previous six games, including a five-game assist streak.
- Jamie Langenbrunner enters tonight’s game with a four-game assist streak and has totaled seven points in his previous six games.
Injury Report: LIGHTNING – None; DEVILS – Paul Martin (forearm, out four-to-six weeks and placed on Injured Reserve), Jay Pandolfo (shoulder, out four-to-six weeks and placed on Injured Reserve), Patrik Elias (groin, out three-to-six weeks).
Quotable: “I’m feeling really confident on the ice. I want to be out there touching the puck a lot and making plays.” – Steven Stamkos
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