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Saturday, December 14th (All times Eastern)

Tampa Bay Lightning (18-10-3) at New Jersey Devils (12-15-6), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The New Jersey Devils will try to get off to a better start on Saturday night and avoid a third straight defeat as they take on the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Devils were defeated on Friday night 3-2 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, giving up all three goals in the first period. The Pens scored 41 seconds into the game and took their 3-0 lead with 5:20 left in the frame.

Patrik Elias and Dainius Zubrus scored less than a minute apart in the second period for the Devils, but they could not complete the comeback and lost for the fifth time in six games. Cory Schneider made 20 saves, while Elias has two goals and four assists over a five-game point streak.

"We have to be ready to go at the start of the game and the first period killed us," Devils head coach Peter DeBoer said. "It's great we had more shots and came back, but we have to get points. That's the bottom line."

The Devils failed to score in the first period when they last faced the Lightning on Oct. 29 in New Jersey despite 10 shots on net. However, Adam Henrique scored shorthanded 1:36 into the second period and Jaromir Jagr added a goal in the 2-1 win.

Martin Brodeur needed to make only 16 saves as the Devils bested the Lightning for the eighth time in the previous 12 meetings. They have also won five of the past seven played in New Jersey.

Brodeur could get the start tonight and is 38-16-3 with five ties, five shutouts and a 2.12 goals against average in his career versus the Bolts.

Schneider is 1-0-1 with a 4.30 GAA in two meetings with Tampa Bay.

Steven Stamkos had Tampa Bay's lone goal in New Jersey back in October, but is out due to surgery on a broken leg suffered on Nov. 11. The Lightning are 6-5-3 since losing their top player and are coming off a 2-1 shootout victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

Martin St. Louis had the lone tally of the shootout, sneaking a wrister past Detroit's Jonas Gustavsson in the sixth round. Ben Bishop then came up with a save on Johan Franzen to snap Tampa Bay's two-game slide and give it points in four straight (2-0-2).

"We did a good job of containing them," said Bishop, who made 28 saves through overtime. "They have a lot of offensive guys over there."

Nikita Kucherov scored in regulation for Tampa Bay, which will now play its next three on the road and has lost six in a row as the visiting club. The Lightning have not won as the guest since Nov. 12 in Montreal and are 6-7-2 overall on the road this season.

Bishop stopped 20-of-22 shots faced against the Devils on Oct. 29 and is 2-2-0 with a 1.45 GAA versus them in four career starts.

12/14 10:25:34 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
Final
NYM 4
ATL 3
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
Final
PIT 2
MIL 3
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
Final
TAM 1
NYY 5
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
Final
CHC 2
CIN 8
Final
TEX 2
CWS 16
Final
OAK 4
HOU 1
Final
LOS 4
ARI 1
Final
COL 9
PHI 10
Final
SDP 3
SFG 4
Final
BOS 6
BAL 5
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CHI 93
WAS 102
3rd
HOU 56
POR 50
 
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
Final
BOS 4
DET 1
Final
MON 3
TAM 2
2nd
SJS 1
LOS 2
 
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3