Who: New Jersey Devils at Tampa Bay Lightning
When: 7:30 p.m. ET; Pregame show at 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa.
Media: TV - MSG+ (Channel listings); Radio - WFAN (660 AM or 101.9 FM)
Stats & Notes (via Devils PR)
- This is the third and final meeting between the teams this season. The series is tied at 1-1.
- The Devils have won eight of their past nine games in Tampa and are playing there for the first time since December 12, 2011 (W, 5-4).
- New Jersey has scored two of its league-leading eight shorthanded goals vs. the Lightning this season.
- The Devils have out shot their opponent in 13 consecutive games (376-290).
- Also Monday, the Devils fell to 0-4 in the shootout on the road this season and to 2-5 overall.
- Martin Brodeur took the loss in goal but s 7-1-2 in his last 10 decisions.
- Andrei Loktionov scored his sixth goal of the season Monday and now has 3g-1a-4pts in his last five games
Inactives: Larsson, Barch, Pesonen
The walking-- or skating-- wounded: The Devils will sport a full complement of skaters in Tampa Bay tonight, but that doesn't mean they'll all be healthy. Alex Ponikarovsky makes his return from a lower-body injury tonight-- he was injured in the Devils' March 19 loss to the Rangers. Stephen Gionta and Bryce Salvador were both injured Monday night in Ottawa but have been given the green light to return.
High voltage: Don't let the standings fool you, the Lightning are an explosive opponent. Tampa Bay has scored 105 goals, which ranks it fourth in the league. Steven Stamkos leads the league with 23 goals and is third in the league with 43 points. Stamkos' linemate Martin St. Louis is breathing down his neck with 42 points-- including 34 assists, which ranks as tops in the NHL by players not named Crosby.
Tampa Bay will be without its captain Vincent Lecavalier, who is on injured reserve with a broken foot. That should provide the Devils defense some relief.
Score early, score often: Tampa Bay has surrendered 99 goals in 33 games, an average of three per game. The Lightning are 4-13-1 when they allow three or more goals and have lost their last eight when giving up three or more.
If the Devils score early, it could be a nice and easy evening. But if New Jersey fails to impose its will early and lets the Lightning hang around, it could be reminiscent of the Lightning's 5-2 win on March 5 at Prudential Center.