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Lightning (25-12-5, 55 Points) at Devils (10-29-2, 22 Points)
Last 10: Tampa Bay (7-2-1); New Jersey (1-9-0)
Season Series: Tampa Bay and New Jersey meet for the first of four meetings on the season tonight. The Lightning had points in three of four against New Jersey last season, including a win at the Prudential Center, which hosts the first of two meetings tonight to be played in New Jersey.
The Big Story: Both teams come into tonight having played just last night, as the Lightning and Devils finish off a pair of back-to-back sets. Tampa Bay stayed one point ahead of Washington with a 2-1 win over Ottawa and maintained sole possession of first in the Southeast Division, which will be up for grabs once again on Wednesday when the two clubs face off for the second time in eight days.
LIGHTNING – Tampa Bay plays in the last contest of a four-game road swing tonight and also in the latter half of the team’s 10th back-to-back set of the season. The Lightning have won two of three on the current trip, which included a 2-1 come-from-behind victory last night against the Senators. Dwayne Roloson made 31 saves and Martin St. Louis scored the game-deciding goal at 5:43 in the third to complete the team’s fourth victory in the last five games. The performance came just four days after the pair of Lightning teammates backstopped the Bolts into sole possession of first place in the division standings with a 1-0 shutout win in Washington.
DEVILS – New Jersey hosts Tampa Bay for a brief one-game home stand before traveling to the St. Pete Times Forum to take on the Lightning a second time in the team’s next game following tonight. The Devils come in as losers in 10 of the last 11 games, including a 2-1 loss to the Flyers last night. Andy Greene had the lone goal for the Devils, but Philadelphia scored twice on 10 shots in the first 15 minutes of the contest to chase starting goaltender Johan Hedberg out of net. The defeats, which have become routine of late, dropped the Devils to a league-low 10-29-2 record and 22 points coming into tonight.
Who’s Hot: Adam Hall has scored in two straight and Steven Stamkos has seven goals and 11 points in his last 11 games, while Martin St. Louis has 15 points in his last 11 contests as well. New Jersey’s Patrik Elias has three points in as many contests and Travis Zajac has three points in his last five games for the Devils. Ilya Kovalchuk comes in with a pair of goals in his last four.
Injury Report: LIGHTNING – Sean Bergenheim (illness, day to day), Mike Smith (minor knee injury, out 1 week, placed on Injured Reserve). DEVILS – Zach Parise (knee, placed on Injured Reserve), Jacob Josefson (hand, placed on Injured Reserve), Bryce Salvador (concussion, placed on Injured Reserve) and Matt Taormina (ankle, placed on Injured Reserve).
Notable Quotable: “Obviously, that's the nature of the job, and he's showing that he's on top of everything. As a player, when you make the team better, the players are happy about it.” – Dominic Moore, talking about the job of General Manager Steve Yzerman, who has the first-place Lightning off to the best start in franchise history
|Mar 02 '11||TBL 1 at NJD 2||I. Kovalchuk|
|Feb 25 '11||NJD 1 at TBL 2||S. Gagne|
|Jan 14 '11||NJD 5 at TBL 2||P. Elias|
|Jan 09 '11||TBL 3 at NJD 6||D. Zubrus|
|M. St. Louis||43||18||35||53||+3||8||2||5|
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