The last time the New Jersey Devils won, they hoped it would carry over into their following game and turn their otherwise disastrous start to the season around. Instead they followed up their 4-0 defeat over the New York Rangers with a loss in Columbus and things have resumed to what has become the norm for New Jersey.
More losses, more one point games.
The Devils are coming off of just their second win in 11 games and know its time to put up more two-point games. One win every few games isn't going to cut it.
“After the Rangers game we didn’t make it count, for whatever reason,” Martin Brodeur told The Star-Ledger this week. “ Maybe when we went to Columbus we thought we were better. We have to guard against that again.”
Brodeur and his teammates would be sorely mistaken to believe they are better than their opponent tonight.
While the Devils may be riding momentum from their second win of the season, the Tampa Bay Lightning (8-3-0) are riding a streak of success themselves that stretches back three games.
A large part of the Lightnings three-game win streak is thanks to their captain, Martin St. Louis. In his last three outings, St. Louis has four points and 14 ( seven goals, seven assists) on the season. Only Steven Stamkos has done better through their first eleven games, notching eight goals and nine assists.
Jaromir Jagr and Eric Gelinas have also strung together some of their own point-streaks. Gelinas has two points in as many games and is entering his third game of the season, proving his time in Albany (AHL) has been worth it.
Jagr, 19-years Gelinas’ senior, has six points in the last four games, tying Marek Zidlicky for the team lead with nine points. Jagr, 41, is just three points away from 1,700 career-points.
New Jersey has collected a point in each of their first three home games (1-0-2) and will count on Jagr and Gelinas once again to keep afloat. Two points would propel the Devils back into the mix of things in the Eastern Conference where 11-points is currently enough for eighth place. The Devils are sitting in 12th with eight points behind Columbus, Ottawa and Washington who each have 10-points but are also all in action tonight.
Catch the action at 7:30pm on NBCSports Network, Sports Radio 66 WFAM & 101.9 FM
New Jersey Devils home record: 1-0-2
Tampa Bay Lightning road record: 3-1-0
PP%: TBL: 23.9 NJ: 22.5
PK%: TBL: 82.6 NJ: 82.8
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