The Lightning come in to town to play the new look Devils tonight at The Rock. Ok, I’m just kidding around with the “new look” stuff because it is only one player that is different tonight. In 5 previous meetings this season with the Lightning, David Steckel has yet to register a point against them. Hopefully tonigt he will have some type of impact. Arnott had an assist for the Caps in his first game with with Washington, just saying!!
The Broadcast: TV: MSG+2; Radio – 660 AM WFAN
The Last Devils Game: On the road in Florida to finish up a 4 game road trip, David Clarkson and Brian Rolston each found the back of the net and helped NJ to a 2-1 win over the Panthers. They finished the road trip 3-1-0. Jason Arnott failed to register a point in what would be his last game in a Devils uniform.
Tonight’s Game: We saw these Tampa Bay Lightning just last Friday night on their ice and we didn’t come out of their building with a win. The Devils did a decent job keeping Stamkos and St. Louis quiet all night but it was the rest of the team that made noise. The Devils will need to do the same thing with Stamkos and St. Louis but not allow their 2nd and 3rd lines to gain any momentum in this game. For me, Lecavalier has looked much better recently than he has in years. He is certainly skating a lot better and he is always a worry for me on the ice.
Tonight is a big goalie matchup. Dwayne Roloson has won three straight, allowing five goals in the last three starts, Martin Brodeur has won four straight while allowing just four goals over that stretch.
This is the 4th and final meeting between these two teams tonight. The Devils lead the season series 2-1 this season and have outscored the Lightning 12-7.
The Playoff Watch: If I don’t mention this, I seem to get hate mail stating that I am not a real fan and that I don’t believe in this team. So, without getting into a debate about the realistic chances of making the playoffs, I will just mention that the Devils currently sit 9 points behind idle Carolina for the 8th and final spot (Carolina takes on Buffalo in a HUGE game tomorrow night). Oh, and by the way, if you’re going to send hate mail my way, why don’t you actually be a man and use your real email address!!!
In case you missed the road trip, the Devils put together a great video…