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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New Jersey Devils


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Game Notes

  • Last 10: Tampa Bay 4-5-1; New Jersey 5-4-1
  • LIGHTNING (35-34-7) at DEVILS (43-28-6)
  • The road team has won all three games in the Lightning/Devils season series. Tampa Bay is 1-2-0.
  • A win would give the Lightning their first road season-series sweep of the Devils since 2006-07.
  • Steven Stamkos has five goals over the past three games.
  • Stamkos’ six faceoff wins on Tuesday in Boston give him 510 this season, which is five more than Vincent Lecavalier for the team lead.
  • Tuesday was Steven Stamkos’ 12thmulti-goal game of the season. He has one multi-goal game against the Devils (12/12) this season.
  • Martin St. Louis has multi-point efforts in three straight games (1g, 5a).
  • St. Louis recorded a hat trick in Tampa Bay’s last visit to New Jersey on 2/26.
  • Ryan Malone has 15 points (5g, 10a) in his last 19 games.
  • Teddy Purcell has 29 points (7g, 22a) over his past 20 games.
  • Tom Pyatt has four goals over the last four games.
  • Tim Wallace has points in three of his last four games (1g, 2a).
  • Brett Clark is second in the NHL with 186 blocked shots.

Season Series:

The two teams face off for the fourth and final time this season. The Devils won both games in Tampa Bay on Nov. 19 and Dec. 12, while the Lightning scored a 4-3 victory in New Jersey during the most recent meeting on Feb. 26. Tampa Bay will now look to even up the season series at two games apiece as it concludes a three-game road trip.

The Big Story:

Tampa Bay had its three-game win streak come to an end on Tuesday night, but that didn’t deter Steven Stamkos from continuing to pad his league-leading goal total. Stamkos scored numbers 54 and 55 on the season, and with six games remaining, has a legitimate shot of becoming the first 60-goal man since Alex Ovechkin in 2007-08. Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier, who has been out since Feb. 18 with a non-displaced fracture in his right hand, is also eyeing a return to the lineup on Thursday against the Devils, as both he and Stamkos will look to get the team back on the winning track before returning home to Tampa Bay.

Team Scope:

LIGHTNING – Tampa Bay completes a three-game road swing in New Jersey Thursday night before returning home for its final pair of home games on Saturday and Monday, respectively. The Lightning come in as winners in three of their past four, with the lone defeat during that stretch coming in their most recent outing on Tuesday night in Boston. Steven Stamkos scored twice to help the Lightning draw even at 2-2 in the third period, but Boston scored three unanswered goals in the final 8:26 to come away with a 5-2 win. The loss was the Lightning’s 20th in regulation on the road this season, as the team dropped to 12-20-5 away from home in 2011-12 with four of the final six games still left to play coming on the road.

DEVILS – New Jersey completes a two-game homestand before traveling to Carolina on Saturday. The Devils earned a 2-1 victory in the shootout against the Blackhawks on Tuesday to move four points ahead of Ottawa with five games remaining, but the team has faced its fair share of struggles as of late. New Jersey comes in with just two wins in its past six games and has scored more than two goals in a game just once since Mar. 14. The lack of scoring was again the case in its most recent outing, although this time it worked out in the Devils’ favor. Petr Sykora scored the team’s only goal in regulation, while centers Patrik Elias and Travis Zajac had goals in the tiebreaker to help goaltender Martin Brodeur add to his NHL record for both wins and shootout wins.

Who's Hot:

Tampa Bay forward Steven Stamkos notched his league-best 55th goal of the season on Tuesday and now has five goals in his past three games. Martin St. Louis has also recorded three consecutive multi-point games for the Lightning. For the Devils, Zach Parise has two goals in his past three games.

Injury Report:

LIGHTNING - Mattias Ohlund (knee, out for season, placed on Injured Reserve), Dana Tyrell (knee, out for season, placed on Injured Reserve), Marc-Andre Bergeron (upper body, out for season), Mathieu Garon (torn groin muscle, out 3-4 weeks), Adam Hall (upper body, day-to-day), Ryan Shannon (upper body, out for season), Nate Thompson (upper body, day-to-day) and Victor Hedman (illness).

DEVILS – Anton Volchenkov (lower body) and Henrik Tallinder (blood clot).

Notable Quotable:

“We're trying our best and that's all you can ask. When you look at what we have right now, everyone is giving their all. There's no quit on this team.” – Steven Stamkos, on his team’s effort in recent games

2011-2012 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
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
S. Stamkos77553691+4661210
M. St. Louis72244670-21643
T. Purcell76204060+91672
V. Lecavalier59212546-14655
R. Malone63182745-126842
S. Downie55121628-1512121
M. Bergeron4342024+62010
E. Brewer7711920-54300
D. Moore5641519-104801
V. Hedman5641519-105000
T. Pyatt6912618-17811
M. Gilroy5321517+21600
B. Connolly6341115-72812
B. Clark7721214-272000
N. Thompson639413-221901
R. Shannon454812-111010
B. Lee5011112-83300
B. Gervais485611-6810
P. Kubina523811+15901
J. Wyman352911+2401
T. Wallace46358-31201
A. Hall55257-101701
T. Smith16235+2400
D. Tyrell26055-5600
B. Jones22224-31000
B. Mikkelson36123-21100
K. Aulie31033-42900
M. Commodore29022+93800
P. Labrie14022-21500
M. Angelidis6101-1500
B. Segal8000-2400
M. Ritola5000-2600
E. Oberg3000+2000
M. Garon4823-16-411811912.85.901
D. Roloson3711-16-212010313.76.884
D. Tokarski51-3-1141163.44.879
S. Caron10-0-0040.001.000
I. Kovalchuk73334477-123195
P. Elias77254772-101683
Z. Parise78303565-73073
A. Henrique70163450+7703
D. Clarkson78291544-913876
D. Zubrus78172441+43442
P. Sykora78182139+13835
A. Ponikarovsky78131831-43242
M. Zidlicky5922022-83221
A. Larsson6421618-72000
M. Fayne7841216-52601
A. Greene5211516+11600
K. Foster3741014-143120
A. Volchenkov692911-13401
B. Salvador78099+176400
J. Josefson39268+9600
N. Palmieri29437-71200
R. Carter68347-148800
M. Taormina30167+6400
M. Tedenby43156-151600
H. Tallinder39066-111600
S. Bernier28134+51600
T. Zajac11134-5400
A. Urbom5101+1900
C. Janssen46011-87000
B. Mills27011-103200
E. Boulton50000-1211500
T. Sestito18000-5700
R. Pelley7000+0700
S. Zalewski7000-2000
P. Harrold7000-3000
M. Fraser4000-21400
V. Zharkov4000-2000
S. Veilleux1000+0000
M. Brodeur5628-21-413313932.48.905
J. Hedberg2616-7-2586982.27.917