National Hockey League
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Tampa Bay at New Jersey
When: 7:00 PM ET, Friday, December 19, 2014
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey

After snapping a two-game skid, the Tampa Bay Lightning vie for a second straight victory on their five-game road trip when they visit the reeling New Jersey Devils on Friday. Tyler Johnson collected a goal and an assist in Tampa Bay's 3-1 triumph over Philadelphia on Tuesday to increase his point total to 12 in his last 11 games. Johnson also notched an assist on Alex Killorn's tally in Tampa Bay's 2-1 loss to New Jersey on Oct. 14.

New Jersey dropped a 2-0 decision to Ottawa on Wednesday for its fifth straight loss (0-3-2) and 11th in 13 contests (2-7-4). While understanding the team's situation, coach Peter DeBoer told reporters he's not spending any time worrying about his job security. "If it ends tomorrow, I know what I invested and what our staff has invested into these players, and I think we’re all comfortable with that," DeBoer said.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, TVA, Sun Sports (Tampa Bay), MSG (New Jersey)

ABOUT THE LIGHTNING (20-10-3): Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 23 saves in his NHL debut and may receive the nod either Friday or Saturday (at the New York Islanders) as Ben Bishop works his way back from an upper-body injury. Evgeni Nabokov has dropped 11-of-17 career appearances versus the Devils and could get the start against his former team in the Islanders. Captain Steven Stamkos certainly doesn't struggle against New Jersey, recording 22 points (12 goals and 10 assists) in as many meetings.

ABOUT THE DEVILS (11-16-6): Fans at Prudential Center voiced their displeasure with New Jersey's performance on Wednesday, and Cory Schneider heard them loud and clear. "It's not for a lack of effort or for a lack of trying," Schneider told the Bergen Record regarding his team's struggles. "It would be one thing if we were just laying down every night and getting blown out of the building, but we’re right there every single night." Mike Cammalleri, who scored a power-play goal in the third period in the teams' first meeting, skated on his own Thursday and is questionable to play versus Tampa Bay as he works his way past a lower-body injury.

OVERTIME

1. New Jersey rookie D Damon Severson is expected to miss four to five weeks with a hairline fracture in his left ankle.

2. Tampa Bay has gone 0-for-4 on the power play in two of its last three games and also failed on all four opportunities with the man advantage in the first meeting with the Devils.

3. New Jersey assigned D Adam Larsson to Albany of the American Hockey League for a conditioning stint. The 22-year-old Swede had been sidelined with mumps.

PREDICTION: Lightning 5, Devils 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Tampa Bay 20-10-0-3 W1 12-4-0-1 8-6-0-2 0-0-0-0 20-10-0-3 5-1-0-2
New Jersey 11-16-1-5 L5 3-5-1-3 8-11-0-2 0-0-0-0 11-16-1-5 4-6-1-1
Last Meeting
Tampa Bay New Jersey
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
10/14/14 NJ 2 TB 1 27 23 0-4 25 26 1-4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Tampa Bay T. Johnson 1
New Jersey M. Cammalleri 2
Goals Player  
Tampa Bay A. Killorn 1
New Jersey M. Cammalleri 1
Assists Player  
Tampa Bay T. Johnson 1
New Jersey M. Cammalleri 1
Saves Player  
Tampa Bay E. Nabokov 23
New Jersey C. Schneider 26
Season
Total Points Player  
Tampa Bay S. Stamkos 37
New Jersey J. Jagr 21
Goals Player  
Tampa Bay S. Stamkos 19
New Jersey M. Cammalleri 12
Assists Player  
Tampa Bay T. Johnson 25
New Jersey J. Jagr 15
Saves Player  
Tampa Bay B. Bishop 685
New Jersey C. Schneider 868
Quickchart Matchup
Tampa Bay Off vs  New Jersey Def
3.3 GF
2.76 GA
29.6 Shots
30.8 Shots
24 PP
28 PK
New Jersey Off vs  Tampa Bay Def
2.21 GF
2.55 GA
26.5 Shots
27.2 Shots
21 PP
21 PK