NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, November 24th
(All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (10-10-2) at Tampa Bay Lightning (10-10-2), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The New Jersey Devils will try to wrap a four-game road
trip perfect tonight when they head to Tampa Bay and St. Pete Times Forum to
battle the Lightning.
New Jersey has defeated Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Atlanta by a margin of
11-3 in the first three games of this swing. The Devils were in Atlanta on
Friday and left town with a 3-0 victory.
Martin Brodeur made 22 stops for his first shutout of the season and 93rd of
his career. He had a career-high 12 shutouts last season.
Rod Pelley, Paul Martin and Jay Pandolfo each scored a goal while Jamie
Langenbrunner had three assists for the Devils, who played without forward
Patrik Elias (flu).
New Jersey is now above .500 on the road (7-6-2) and begins a five-game
homestand on Wednesday versus Dallas.
The Lightning, meanwhile, will be glad to return home tonight. Tampa Bay is
8-2-1 as the host this year, but fell to 2-8-1 on the road after last night's
4-3 loss to Carolina that saw the Lightning blow a 3-1 lead heading into the
Vincent Lecavalier scored and had an assist to lift his NHL-leading points
total to 36. He is also even with teammate Martin St. Louis for the league
lead in assists with 21. St. Louis had two helpers in Friday's setback.
Paul Ranger and Vinny Prospal also lit the lamp for the Lightning, who have
lost three straight. Johan Holmqvist made 18 saves in defeat.
Following tonight's game, Tampa hits the road for two in a row, starting in
Chicago on Wednesday.
The Devils and Lightning have split two meetings so far this year, with each
team winning at home. Tampa Bay has won four of its last six against New
Jersey, including two in a row at home.
11/24 10:47:58 ET