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Lightning look to avoid season series sweep by the Devils

Saturday, 03.15.2014 / 11:40 AM

Missy Zielinski - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Lightning look to avoid season series sweep by the Devils
New Jersey Devils vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

By Missy Zielinski

DEVILS (29-25-13) vs. LIGHTNING (35-24-7)

TV/Radio:

MSG/SUN; AM 970 WFLA

Last 10:

New Jersey 6-4-0; Tampa Bay 3-5-2

Season Series:

The Tampa Bay Lightning hope to avoid a season sweep by the New Jersey Devils when they visit Tampa Bay for the first time this season. The previous two meetings, both played in New Jersey, saw the Devils outscore the Bolts by a margin of 5-1. The most recent contest between the two teams on December 14 resulted in a 3-0 whitewash for the Devils' Martin Brodeur, who recorded his 124th career shutout.

Big Story:

The Tampa Bay Lighting spent most of the season near the top of the Eastern Conference standings. With their recent skid, the Bolts saw themselves drop from one of the top three Division spots and into one of the Eastern Conference wild card positions. The Bolts reclaimed the third spot in the Atlantic with their win over the Florida Panthers Thursday night. The Lightning now seek to close the gap between themselves and the Toronto Maple Leafs, who currently sit three points ahead of the Lightning.

Team Scope:

LIGHTNING – The Lightning snapped a five-game losing streak with its 5-4 victory against the Panthers on Thursday night and gave the Bolts their second victory since returning from the Olympic break. Though the Lightning have managed just one win during the first four contests of this six-game homestand, the team accumulated points in three of their past four at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

It was a night of firsts for the Lightning in their win over Florida, as Steven Stamkos recorded not only his first assist, but his first goal since returning from a broken leg suffered in November. Defenseman Mike Kostka recorded his first goal as a member of the Lightning. In addition right wing Ryan Callahan also scored his first marker in a Bolts uniform.

DEVILS – The New Jersey Devils will have a quick turnaround in their game against the Lightning after losing, 5-3, to the Panthers Friday evening. The Devils have compiled a record 8-5-4 so far this season in the second half of back-to-back games.

Long time NHL forward Jaromir Jagr recorded the 700th goal of his career on March 1 against the New York Islanders. He is just the seventh player in the history of the NHL to record at least 700 career goals. Jagr is now at 703 goals and needs to reach 708 career goals to tie Mike Gartner on the NHL all-time goal scoring list.

Who's hot:

Rookie Ondrej Palat has recorded six points (three goals, three assists) over his past three games. Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr has recorded six points over his last five games played. He leads the Devils in assists (36) and points (58) and is second in goals (21).

Injury Report:

Lightning – D Brian Lee (Knee, Out); Devils – no reported injuries

2013-2014 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 15 '14 NJD 0 at TBL 3 B. Crombeen
Dec 14 '13 TBL 0 at NJD 3 D. Brunner
Oct 29 '13 TBL 1 at NJD 2 J. Jagr
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
J. Jagr68223658+153846
P. Elias53152944-52431
A. Henrique68231538+21874
T. Zajac66122436-12422
M. Zidlicky67102636-75471
M. Ryder68161329-111442
A. Greene6872229+22232
E. Gelinas5071926-21652
D. Zubrus68101323-34001
D. Brunner48101121-122441
T. Ruutu6261420-184022
R. Clowe3651520-112630
A. Loktionov484812+21201
S. Bernier683811-153101
S. Gionta55459-81601
M. Fayne58358-42400
R. Carter50527-52701
R. Boucher23257+2400
J. Merrill41167-7801
A. Volchenkov49077+01800
B. Salvador36134+02500
C. Janssen24303+32200
A. Larsson20123-4801
P. Harrold24022-61200
R. Olesz10022-1000
T. Sestito9022+0000
M. Tedenby15101-81000
J. Josefson21011+0200
M. Sislo7000-1000
J. Whitney1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
M. Brodeur3317-12-4828302.51.901
C. Schneider3612-14-9768952.12.915
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
M. St. Louis62293261+12695
V. Filppula62212748+51642
O. Palat67172744+261812
T. Johnson67212142+162043
V. Hedman60113142+44522
T. Purcell67102737+11434
A. Killorn67152136+74022
R. Callahan50121628+01642
M. Carle6722527+182010
S. Stamkos22151025+101043
R. Gudas5821416+612811
N. Thompson669615+62301
N. Kucherov418715+31033
J. Brown4841014-3600
S. Salo5831013+71400
R. Malone475712-45700
R. Panik432911-91500
E. Brewer6201111+35500
M. Barberio475510+122810
B. Crombeen483710+27401
M. Kostka16448+8801
A. Sustr38077+41200
T. Pyatt19246+1200
J. Cote19044+02200
B. Connolly11101-5401
K. Aulie14011-2900
D. Korobov3011+0200
P. Labrie13000-42000
D. Tyrell7000+0400
M. Taormina7000+0000
V. Namestnikov4000-1400
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
B. Bishop5231-11-610414622.10.929
A. Lindback195-12-1574723.22.879
C. Desjardins10-1-02136.67.846