Tampa Bay Lightning (8-3-0) at New Jersey Devils (2-5-4)
|Date & Time||Tuesday October 29, 2013, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New Jersey Devils -121 / Tampa Bay Lightning +110 --- Over/Under: 5
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Facing an opponent that has had their number over the last few years, dealing with a multiple goal deficit and more negative energy, the New Jersey Devils got themselves one of those wins that could turnaround a season. For much of this season New Jersey's biggest problem has been that they look lifeless out on the ice and like a team that just doesn't have what it takes to compete on most nights. That's something that's been very strange to see from an organization that has continuously churned out overachievers year after year for decades now. Saturday night's rally in Boston against the Bruins is a huge confidence boost for this club and one they'll desperately try and build on. Marek Zidlicky and Andy Greene scored goals 23 seconds apart in the final two minutes of the game to lift the Devils to a 4-3 victory. It was an unexpected and dramatic win that also saw Adam Henrique finally contribute. Damien Brunner added his fourth goal of the season on the power play. Now the Devils will host a Lightning club that has exceeded some expectations this year but will need to find a way to be consistent on the road if they're going to be taken seriously. At 8-3-0 the Lightning are in first place in the Atlantic Division and they come into this one on Tuesday night winners of three straight game. Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos continue to rack up points and there's a very small margin for error when you're playing them. This will be a good challenge for the Lightning heading on the road and taking on a Devils club that will be feeling good about themselves after Saturday.