NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, February 11th
(All times eastern)
Tampa Bay Lightning (30-24-2) at New Jersey Devils (34-15-6), 3:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils put their four-game winning streak on
the line when they continue a six-game homestand this afternoon against the
Tampa Bay Lightning at Continental Airlines Arena.
The Devils have won the first three games of the stand and recorded a 2-0 win
over the New York Islanders in their most recent outing on Thursday. Martin
Brodeur stopped 25 shots for his league-leading 10th shutout of the season and
90th of his career.
The 34-year-old Brodeur ranks third all-time in shutouts, behind George
Hainsworth (94) and Terry Sawchuk (103). Also, Brodeur is just one shutout shy
of his season-high, as he had 11 during the 2003-04 campaign.
The Devils netminder has been his usual dominating self this season and also
leads the league in wins (34) and goals-against average (2.04), and is tied
for the league lead in save percentage (.927) with Nashville's Chris Mason.
Jamie Langenbrunner and Jay Pandolfo scored against the Islanders for the
Devils, who are one win shy of matching their longest winning streak of the
season. The Devils reeled off five consecutive wins from December 1-9.
Both Langenbrunner and Zach Parise are riding five-game point streaks for the
Devils. Langenbrunner has three goals and six assists over his run, while
Parise has posted four goals and three assists.
New Jersey, which leads the Atlantic Division by seven points over Pittsburgh,
is a solid 20-4-4 as the host this season.
The Lightning come into the game on the opposite end of a shutout, as they
were blanked by the New York Rangers, 5-0, on Friday at Madison Square Garden.
Johan Holmqvist started between the pipes for Tampa Bay and allowed four goals
on 16 shots before being pulled in the second stanza in favor of Marc Denis,
who finished the night with seven saves.
The setback halted Tampa Bay's four-game winning streak and dropped the club
to 16-11-2 on the road this year. The Lightning are currently the East's
eighth seed, just one point ahead of Toronto.
The clubs come into the game having split their two matchups so far this
season as both teams recorded a win on their opponent's home ice. The
Lightning will wrap up the season series with the Devils at home on March 22.
Tampa Bay has lost two of its last three games with the Devils, but has won
five of the last six as the visitor.
02/11 10:35:25 ET