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Friday, January 26th (All times eastern)

New Jersey Devils (29-14-5) at Tampa Bay Lightning (26-22-2), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils and Tampa Bay Lightning get back on the ice this evening, as the teams return from the All-Star break for an encounter at St. Pete Times Forum.

Tampa Bay has 54 points and is third in the Southeast Division, while the Devils are leading the Atlantic with 63 points.

The Lightning took a two-game winning streak into the hiatus and was last seen beating the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. Vinny Prospal scored the lone tally in the fourth round of the shootout, lifting Tampa Bay over the Hurricanes, 6-5, at the RBC Center.

Prospal notched his first shootout marker in three career attempts, besting Carolina netminder Cam Ward with a quick wrist shot to the stick side. Prospal also had a goal and two assists in regulation as the Lightning posted their seventh win in eight contests.

Martin St. Louis also had a goal and two assists on the night. Marc Denis made 30 saves between the regulation and overtime sessions, then turned aside shots by Rod Brind'Amour, Justin Williams and Eric Staal in the shootout.

St. Louis and linemate Vincent Lecavalier were the Lightning's representatives at Wednesday's All-Star Game in Dallas.

New Jersey played last Saturday against visiting Philadelphia and also earned a shootout win. Brian Gionta scored late in regulation and also tallied in the shootout to lift New Jersey over the Flyers, 4-3, at Continental Airlines Arena.

Martin Brodeur allowed three goals on 23 shots for the Devils, who have won four of their last five games.

Brodeur and defenseman Brian Rafalski played in Wednesday's All-Star Game for New Jersey.

The Lightning beat New Jersey in a shootout on January 18, the only meeting between the teams this season. Tampa Bay has won seven of the last nine in the series.

01/26 15:17:04 ET

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