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Season Series: It’s the second of four meetings between the clubs. New Jersey took the first matchup of the year at the St. Pete Times Forum back on Nov. 19 by a 4-2 score. The teams will face off twice more on the year, with both contests set to be played at the Prudential Center in Newark.
The Big Story: These two teams, both used to being in the playoff hunt at this point of the season, currently sit atop each other at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. Recent struggles have New Jersey, 12th in the East, and Tampa Bay, 13th in the East, both in need of a win. The Lightning have just one victory in their past seven games, while the Devils have not won in regulation since Nov. 25.
LIGHTNING – The Bolts kick off a two-game home stand Monday which concludes three days later against Calgary. The start to December has not been kind to the Lightning. The team has just one win in its first five games to open the month, and despite a strong effort on Saturday, couldn’t make it two straight victories following a 5-2 loss to the Flyers. Ryan Shannon got the Bolts out to a 1-0 lead, but Philadelphia reeled off three unanswered goals in the second period to jump ahead. Vincent Lecavalier brought Tampa Bay to within one after notching a power-play goal to start the scoring in the third, but Philadelphia added two more tallies to clinch the win. Mathieu Garon stopped 27 of 31 shots for Tampa Bay, which scored the game’s first goal in four of the past five contests.
DEVILS – New Jersey opens up a back-to-back set through Florida with the first of two matchups against the Lightning. After two narrow wins over Toronto in overtime and Ottawa in the shootout, New Jersey fell 2-1 Saturday afternoon to Montreal at the Prudential Center. Nick Palmieri scored to bring New Jersey to within one with just over six minutes to play in regulation, but Zach Parise missed a penalty shot to tie it with 49 seconds to play and New Jersey allowed just its second power-play goal at home this season. They come in to Monday’s contest with just two wins in their past seven games.
Who’s Hot: Dominic Moore had an assist on Saturday against the Flyers and also notched both the game-tying goal and the shootout winner on Thursday at Madison Square Garden against the Rangers. For New Jersey, Zach Parise comes in with points in six of his past seven games with two goals and six assists over that span.
LIGHTNING – Mattias Ohlund (knee, placed on Injured Reserve), Pavel Kubina (lower body, placed on Injured Reserve) and Martin St. Louis (facial and nasal fractures, out indefinitely).
DEVILS – Anton Volchenkov (hand), Andy Greene (broken toe), Cam Janssen (bruised chest), Jacob Josefson (right clavicle surgery) and Travis Zajac (Achilles surgery).
Notable Quotable: “First of all, we're not shooting. We didn't shoot the whole third period [Saturday]. We had the slot open I don't know how many times, we don't shoot. We're looking for a play here, we're looking for a play there. If we don't shoot, we can't score, plain and simple.” – Lightning head coach Guy Boucher, on his team’s hesitancy to shoot the puck
|Mar 29 '12||TBL 4 at NJD 6||A. Ponikarovsky|
|Feb 26 '12||TBL 4 at NJD 3||M. St. Louis|
|Dec 12 '11||NJD 5 at TBL 4||A. Henrique|
|Nov 19 '11||NJD 4 at TBL 2||D. Clarkson|
|M. St. Louis||27||9||13||22||+2||6||1||0|
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