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Tampa Bay Lightning at New Jersey Devils preview: Bolts look to set new team win streak record

A win tonight would be 11 in a row, breaking last year’s record.

NHL: OCT 30 Lightning at Devils Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Tampa Bay Lightning at New Jersey Devils: Game 45

Time: 7:00 pm Eastern Time

Location: Prudential Center

Broadcast/Streaming: SunS, MSG+

Opponent SBNation Site: All About the Jersey

Preview:

The Lightning play the second half of their weekend back to back tonight against the Devils who also played last night. Both teams are coming off of wins but that’s about where the similarities end. The Lightning have climbed their way to second in the Atlantic amid a ten game winning streak while the Devils are last in the Metro. They have been playing a little better lately though with five wins in their last ten games and another two points from overtime or shootout losses during that stretch.

The ten consecutive wins matches the Lightning’s team single season record, one of the multiple records they achieved last year. A win tonight would set a new mark. The Bolts, and Andrei Vasilevskiy specifically, have also posted two consecutive shutouts after not having one for the entire first half of the season. Don’t expect Vasy to get the chance to continue that tonight. He’ll almost certainly be relieved by Curtis McElhinney who has been strong in his last few games.

Speaking of goaltenders, the Devils have issues at that position. They’ve lost multiple players due to injury or poor play this year and are now running with a tandem of former Lightning backup Louis Domingue and Evan Cormier. Cormier has yet to start an NHL game so even though Domingue played last night, he could get the start again tonight. He’s familiar with this scenario as he went through a stretch like this in Tampa last year while Vasilevskiy was hurt.

If Domingue gets the start, this would be a big moment for him. He would get a chance to not only get some revenge on the team that replaced him last summer but also snap the winning streak. He was instrumental in setting the record last year and still holds the individual record for winning thirteen games in a row.

The Lightning suffered another injury last night as Pat Maroon once again left the game early. Given that he’s had to do that in two consecutive games and that this is a back to back, it wouldn’t be surprise to see him rest tonight. If he does, Ondrej Palat could return for his injury. If Palat isn’t ready, they team could go with 11 forwards and 7 defenders. Either way, expect Alex Volkov to get another NHL game tonight.

Tampa Bay Lightning

Forward Lines

Steven Stamkos - Brayden Point - Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - Tyler Johnson

Pat Maroon / Ondrej Palat - Cedric Paquette - Alex Volkov

Carter Verhaeghe - Mitchell Stephens - Yanni Gourde

Defense Pairings

Victor Hedman - Jan Rutta

Braydon Coburn - Erik Cernak

Mikhail Sergachev - Kevin Shattenkirk

Goaltenders

Curtis McElhinney

Andrei Vasilevskiy

New Jersey Devils

Forward Lines

Jesper Bratt - Nico Hischier - Kyle Palmieri

Blake Coleman - Travis Zajac - Nikita Gusev

Miles Wood - Pavel Zacha - Wayne Simmonds

Jesper Boqvist - Kevin Rooney - John Hayden

Defense Pairings

Andy Greene - PK Subban

Damon Severson - Sami Vatanen

Will Butcher - Connor Carrick

Goalies

Evan Cormier

Louis Domingue