Devils and Lightning take the ice in Eastern Conference action
Tampa Bay Lightning (40-22-6, third in the Atlantic Division) vs. New Jersey Devils (44-17-6, second in the Metropolitan Division)
Newark, New Jersey; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: The New Jersey Devils face the Tampa Bay Lightning in Eastern Conference play.
New Jersey has a 19-13-2 record at home and a 44-17-6 record overall. The Devils have a 17-7-2 record when they commit fewer penalties than their opponent.
Tampa Bay has a 16-16-1 record in road games and a 40-22-6 record overall. The Lightning rank fourth in the league with 235 total goals (averaging 3.5 per game).
The teams square off Thursday for the second time this season. The Lightning won 4-1 in the last matchup.
TOP PERFORMERS: Jack Hughes has 37 goals and 43 assists for the Devils. Dawson Mercer has six goals and eight assists over the past 10 games.
Brayden Point has 42 goals and 37 assists for the Lightning. Mikhail Sergachev has 10 assists over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Devils: 7-2-1, averaging 3.8 goals, 6.1 assists, 1.8 penalties and 3.9 penalty minutes while giving up 2.6 goals per game.
Lightning: 3-5-2, averaging 2.8 goals, five assists, 4.7 penalties and 15.1 penalty minutes while giving up 3.7 goals per game.
INJURIES: Devils: Mackenzie Blackwood: out (lower body), Jonathan Bernier: out (hip), Nathan Bastian: day to day (upper body).
Lightning: Steven Stamkos: day to day (leg).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.