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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 2/7/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



TAMPA BAY (6-3-0-0, 12 pts.) at NEW JERSEY (5-1-0-3, 13 pts.)
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Thursday, 2/7/2013 7:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
59TAMPA BAY+110Ov 5.5,+100+110Ov 5.5,+110
60NEW JERSEY-130Un 5.5,-120-130Un 5.5,-130
TAMPA BAY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games6-3-0+36-3+35-34.428.32.631.3
Team Stats (Road Games)1-2-0-0.71-2-0.71-22.724.72.334.7
Last 5 Games3-2-0+0.83-2+0.82-
TAMPA BAY Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)940139180125515.7%401332.5%73
Team Stats (Road Games)38206007410.8%1317.7%15
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5218670013815.2%20840.0%39
Stats Against (All Games) 233128002828.2%38615.8%39
Stats Against (Road Games) 7052001046.7%14214.3%13
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 11227001368.1%18211.1%16
TAMPA BAY - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MATHIEU GARON (All Games)22666293.9%01-1+0.11-1-000-2
MATHIEU GARON (Road Games)11363597.2%01-0+1.41-0-0+10-1
MATHIEU GARON (Last 4 Games)22666293.9%01-1+0.11-1-000-2
ANDERS LINDBACK (All Games)7721619791.2%05-2+35-2-0+35-1
ANDERS LINDBACK (Road Games)22686291.2%00-2-20-2-0-21-1
ANDERS LINDBACK (Last 4 Games)441069892.5%03-1+23-1-0+22-1
DUSTIN TOKARSKI (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
DUSTIN TOKARSKI (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0

NEW JERSEY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games5-4-0+0.65-4+0.63-62.626.32.227.0
Team Stats (Home Games)3-1-0+1.63-1+1.61-
Last 5 Games2-3-0-1.32-3-1.32-32.424.62.628.0
NEW JERSEY Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)923598112379.7%38615.8%42
Team Stats (Home Games)4135521011511.3%22313.6%23
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)512255011239.8%19315.8%22
Stats Against (All Games) 203410312438.2%45613.3%31
Stats Against (Home Games) 8124101127.1%23417.4%13
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 13146211409.3%22313.6%21
NEW JERSEY - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MARTIN BRODEUR (All Games)7719317590.7%14-3+0.54-3-0+13-4
MARTIN BRODEUR (Home Games)4411210492.9%13-1+1.63-1-0+21-3
MARTIN BRODEUR (Last 4 Games)4412210787.7%01-3-2.51-3-0-23-1
JOHAN HEDBERG (All Games)22504998.0%01-1+0.11-1-000-2
JOHAN HEDBERG (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
JOHAN HEDBERG (Last 4 Games)22504998.0%01-1+0.11-1-000-2
Average power rating of opponents played: TAMPA BAY 2.86,  NEW JERSEY 3.15
TAMPA BAY - Schedule
1/19/2013WASHINGTON6-3W0, -115W5.5 ovO
1/21/2013at NY ISLANDERS3-4L0, -105L5.5 ovO
1/22/2013at CAROLINA4-1W0, +135W5.5 ovU
1/25/2013OTTAWA6-4W0, -130W5.5 ovO
1/27/2013PHILADELPHIA5-1W0, -145W6 unP
1/29/2013FLORIDA5-2W0, -170W5.5 ovO
2/1/2013WINNIPEG8-3W0, -205W6 evO
2/2/2013NY RANGERS2-3L0, -125L5.5 ovU
2/5/2013at PHILADELPHIA1-2L0, +105L6 unU
2/7/2013at NEW JERSEY 
2/9/2013at BOSTON 
2/10/2013at NY RANGERS 
2/16/2013at FLORIDA 

NEW JERSEY - Schedule
1/19/2013at NY ISLANDERS2-1W0, -115W5 ovU
1/22/2013PHILADELPHIA3-0W0, -110W5.5 unU
1/25/2013WASHINGTON3-2W0, -170W5.5 unU
1/27/2013at MONTREAL3-4L0, -110L5 ovO
1/29/2013at BOSTON1-2L0, +150L5 ovU
1/31/2013NY ISLANDERS4-5L0, -140L5 ovO
2/2/2013at PITTSBURGH1-5L0, +125L5.5 unO
2/3/2013at NY ISLANDERS3-0W0, +105W5.5 unU
2/5/2013NY RANGERS3-1W0, -115W5 unU
2/7/2013TAMPA BAY 
2/10/2013at PITTSBURGH 
2/16/2013at NY ISLANDERS 

LAST SEASON: 38-36-8, 84 points. Missed the playoffs by finishing 10th in the Eastern Conference.

COACH: Guy Boucher, 3rd season, 84-61-19.

ADDED: G Anders Lindback, D Sami Salo, D Matt Carle, RW B,J. Crombeen, LW Benoit Pouliot.

LOST: G Dwayne Roloson, D Brett Clark, RW Ryan Shannon.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Steven Stamkos. Young rising star had NHL-best 60 goals, including a league-high 12 game-winners last season. The Lightning are counting on him to continue delivering in clutch situations.

OUTLOOK: A year removed from making the Eastern Conference finals in their first season under Boucher, the Lightning finished 10th in the conference - eight points short of the playoffs - last season. Stamkos & Co., feel a quick start will be one of the keys to getting back to the post-season.


LAST SEASON: 48-28-6, 102 points. Lost to Los Angeles Kings, 4-2 in Stanley Cup final.

COACH: Peter DeBoer, 2nd season with Devils, 48-28-6; 5th overall, 151-135-42 in NHL.

ADDED: RW Bobby Butler, RW Krys Barch, LW Mathieu Darche (tryout).

LOST: LW Zach Parise, RW Petr Sykora, LW Alexei Ponikarovsky.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Ilya Kovalchuk. With Parise playing for the Wild and the Devils' decision not to re-sign Sykora, Kovalchuk (37 goals) has to produce more to make up for the loss of 52 goals.

OUTLOOK: Despite losing Parise, their captain, the Devils return most of the players that came up two wins shy of a Stanley Cup. Martin Brodeur remains one of the league's top goaltenders at 40, and this veteran team has the potential to improve playing a second season under Peter DeBoer.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (TAMPA BAY-NEW JERSEY) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Lightning-Devils Preview* ==========================


Tampa Bay (6-3-0) at New Jersey (5-1-3), 7:00 p.m. EDT

Ilya Kovalchuk doesn't mind if his offensive production isn't up to his standards, so long as the New Jersey Devils keep winning.

If their goaltending is as good as it has been recently, they'll have a solid chance to earn a third consecutive victory Thursday night against a visiting Tampa Bay Lightning team that is suddenly having trouble scoring.

Kovalchuk scored two goals and added three assists in New Jersey's first four games, but he hasn't recorded a point in the last five and had only one shot on goal in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the New York Rangers.

It marked the second straight victory for the Devils (5-1-3) following an 0-1-3 stretch despite Kovalchuk's longest drought since not recording a point in six straight Nov. 20-Dec. 2, 2010.

"It's all about the team. If we'll be struggling as a team, it'll be a different story," said Kovalchuk, who has five goals and six assists in his last eight games against Tampa Bay (6-3-0).

"I think I can produce more, that's for sure. But overall, I think we're playing well so it doesn't really matter."

Coach Peter DeBoer isn't worried, either.

"Kovy's doing a lot of little things the right way that are helping us win games," DeBoer said. "He's getting chances. Those are eventually going to go in for him."

New Jersey's last two opponents have had trouble putting pucks in the net as well. Johan Hedberg made 22 saves in 3-0 win over the New York Islanders on Sunday before Martin Brodeur stopped 24 shots Tuesday.

DeBoer is confident in whoever he chooses to play in net Thursday.

"We've gotten great goaltending so far," DeBoer said. "That's a key for any team in this league. It gives you a chance to win every night."

The Devils have won 16 of the last 19 meetings with the Lightning - including eight of 10 at home - and Brodeur is 12-2-0 with a 2.40 goals-against average in his last 14 appearances versus Tampa Bay, including 13 starts.

Brodeur, though, allowed four goals in each of his last two home starts against the Lightning, who will be looking to rediscover their offense.

Tampa Bay won six of its first seven while averaging 5.3 goals, though it has scored a total of three while dropping its last two contests. It finished with a season-low 24 shots on net in a 2-1 loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday in the opener of a four-game road trip.

"Those big-scoring games, those don't help you at all," coach Guy Boucher said. "You get the feeling that you're very powerful offensively and things are going to just come."

Though the Lightning have offensive weapons like Steven Stamkos (seven goals, nine assists) and Martin St. Louis (three goals, 11 assists), Boucher would like to see his team become more accustomed to winning close games.

Stamkos was held without a point for the first time this season Tuesday.

"More than 70 percent of games in the NHL are won by one goal," Boucher said. "We have to be a team that excels at that ... because as we go along, that's what it's going to be."

Anders Lindback, who has a 2.01 GAA in his last four starts, will be in net Thursday. He won his only career start against Brodeur and the Devils on Dec. 17, 2010, making 15 saves in a 3-1 victory for Nashville.

Last Updated: 6/21/2018 7:16:15 AM EST

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