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Devils at Lightning Preview and GDT:

Mar 19, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) makes a save with defenseman Erik Cernak (81) and New Jersey Devils center Michael McLeod (20) during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Morgan Tencza-USA TODAY Sports

Game #43
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Location: Amalie Arena
Broadcast/Streaming: BSSUN, MSGSN, ESPN+, HULU

Opponent’s Site: All About the Jersey


Coming off an intense 3-2 overtime win against the Los Angeles Kings, the Lightning have a chance to get a little momentum going against one of the teams that they’re battling for a wild card spot. The New Jersey Devils come into town a bit banged up, but just a point behind the Bolts for the second wild card spot. With the Lightning looking at some time off soon, the games in hand they have will start coming off the board making tonight’s contest somewhat important.

New Jersey hasn’t played since Saturday, but that really hasn’t helped their roster situation. Jonas Siegenthaler was their latest victim as he left their last game with an injury. He joins Jack Hughes, Dougie Hamilton (IR), Tomas Nosek (IR), Timo Meier, and Ondrej Palat on the walking wounded list.

Goaltending has been a bit of an issue for them as well. Vitek Vanecek has posted a 3.29 GAA and .884 SV% in 24 games, a big drop off from the 2.45 GAA, .911 SV% he posted last year. Much like the Lightning, their offense has helped keep them in the playoff race as the Devils are scoring 3.53 goals per game. Jesper Bratt is leading the way with 45 points (14 goals, 31 assists) in 38 games while Tyler Toffoli has 16 goals on the season.

While not in the must win category (after all it’s only January) it would be a nice four-point game against a team that they’re battling in the standings.

Stats Match-up

Game #43Tampa Bay LightningNew Jersey Devils
Overall Record20-17-521-15-2
Home Record12-5-39-9-2
Road Record8-12-212-6-0
Goals For137135
Goals Against145136
Power Play28.6%28.6%
Penalty Kill80.5%77.0%
Last 10 Games6-4-05-4-1
Stats via NHL and Natural Stat Trick


Tampa Bay Lightning Projected Lines

Steven Stamkos – Brayden Point – Nikita Kucherov
Brandon Hagel – Anthony Cirelli – Nick Paul
Gage Goncalves – Tyler Motte – Conor Sheary

Mikey Eyssimont – Luke Glendening – Austin Watson

Victor Hedman – Darren Raddysh
Calvin de Haan – Erik Cernak
Emil Lilleberg – Nick Perbix

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Jonas Johansson

New Jersey Devils Projected Lines

Erik Haula – Nico Hischier – Jesper Bratt

Tyler Toffoli – Dawson Mercer – Nathan Bastian

Curtiz Lazar – Michael McLeod – Alexander Holtz

Brendan Smith – Chris Tierny – Shane Bowers

Luke Hughes – Simon Nemec

Kevin Bahl – John Marino

Colin Miller – Cal Foote

Vitek Vanecek

Nico Daws

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