NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Wednesday, October 26th
(All times eastern)
Tampa Bay Lightning (4-3-2) at New Jersey Devils (4-4-0), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils try to get back on the winning track
this evening and go over .500 in the process when they begin a brief two-game
homestand against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Continental Airlines Arena.
New Jersey comes into tonight's tilt on the heels of a 4-3 loss to the Atlanta
Thrashers on Saturday at Philips Arena. John Madden had a pair of tallies for
the Devils, who had a two-game winning streak stopped.
Sergei Brylin had the other goal for New Jersey, while Martin Brodeur made 24
saves in the loss. The future Hall of Fame netminder remained tied with Glenn
Hall for sixth place on the all-time wins list with 407.
The 33-year-old Brodeur has needed just 747 career games to pull even with
Hall, who appeared in 906 games during an 18-year career with the Detroit Red
Wings, Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues.
Getting that next win tonight, though, could be a tough task for Brodeur, who
is winless in his last six starts versus the Lightning (0-4-2).
The Devils, who will wrap up their set against Buffalo on Friday, are 3-1-0 in
their own arena this season.
Tampa, meanwhile, comes into tonight's contest on a losing note as well
following a 4-1 setback to the Ottawa Senators on Friday. Dimitry Afanasenkov
tallied the lone goal for the defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning, who
have dropped two of their last three.
John Grahame stopped 25-of-29 shots for Tampa Bay, which has lost five
straight games to Ottawa and has not defeated the Senators since March 1,
The Lightning are 2-1-1 away from home this season.
Tampa swept the four-game season series from the Devils in 2003-04 and is
unbeaten in the last seven meetings (0-5-2). The Lightning have also won three
straight in New Jersey and are 4-1-1 in their last six visits to the Garden
10/26 10:27:33 ET