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Saturday, October 31st (All times eastern)

New Jersey Devils (7-4-0) at Tampa Bay Lightning (4-3-3), 3 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Lightning are the one club that arguably came closest to handing the New Jersey Devils their first road loss of the season. Tampa Bay gets a second chance this afternoon in a home battle with New Jersey at St. Pete Times Forum.

The Devils' 2-1 victory in Boston on Thursday gave the team a club-record 6-0-0 mark on the road to start the season. However, a single second versus the Lightning back on October 8 is the only thing standing between New Jersey and its first road loss.

In Tampa at the beginning of the month, New Jersey trailed by a goal in what was its first road game of the season. Travis Zajac, though, scored on the Lightning's Mike Smith with less than a second left in regulation to force overtime and the Devils won it, 4-3, in a shootout.

The victory was New Jersey's eighth in a row over the Lightning and fourth straight at St. Pete Times Forum.

Martin Brodeur made 41 saves on that day, but was given his first night off Thursday in Boston. Yann Danis made his New Jersey debut in Brodeur's place and turned aside 31 shots in the one-goal victory over the Bruins.

"It looked like [Danis] had an easy game because he was so much in position on every shot and really in control -- controlled rebounds," said Devils head coach Jacques Lemaire. "He was good around the net. He was a big part of the win here."

David Clarkson scored on Thursday, while Dainius Zubrus notched his second tally of the season, a game-winning goal with 1:26 to play.

The Devils have now won seven of nine overall after starting the season with two losses.

Zach Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner both had assists in Thursday's win to extend their point streaks to six games each. Parise has five goals and five helpers on his run, while Langenbrunner has a goal and six assists.

Already without Paul Martin (left arm), Jay Pandolfo (shoulder) and Patrik Elias (groin), New Jersey lost defenseman Johnny Oduya to a lower-body injury on Thursday and he is questionable for tonight.

The Lightning have won two of their last three and improved to 2-0-1 on a four-game homestand with Thursday's 5-2 victory over Ottawa. Steven Stamkos had two goals, giving him six in his last four games, while also adding an assist. The sophomore posted 23 goals and 23 assists in 79 games last year and already has nine goals and five assists in 10 contests this season.

"I thought we played a really solid game, got out to a big lead," Stamkos said. "Overall it was a solid effort and we deserved the win."

The 2008 first overall pick has seven goals and three helpers on a six-game point streak, while teammate Martin St. Louis has at least one point in all 10 games of this campaign, a club-record streak to start the season.

Ryan Malone had a goal and two assists for the Lightning, Alex Tanguay had a goal and an assist and Smith made 21 saves. He turned aside 31-of-34 shots faced versus New Jersey earlier in the season.

Stamkos scored twice in that game, with St. Louis notching a pair of assists.

10/31 10:35:47 ET


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