Devils begin long road trip against Lightning

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New Jersey (10-7-2) at Tampa Bay (6-7-6), 5:00 pm EST

TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- The New Jersey Devils put their

three-game win streak on the line when they begin a five-game

road trip on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Devils will be away from the Prudential Center for 18 days.

That will be their longest stretch between home games (in one

season) in team history, not counting Olympic breaks.

They did not play any home games for the first 23 days of the

2007-08 season (October 4-26). The previous high was 17 days,

from March 6-22, 1999.

Captain Jamie Langenbrunner and Zach Parise each had three

assists and New Jersey received goals from five different

players in its 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders on


Goaltender Kevin Weekes made 25 saves en route to his 100th

career victory. Weekes had started four of the Devils' first

five contests in the wake of Martin Brodeur's elbow injury.

Scott Clemmensen, who had started three straight prior to

Friday, may get the call again Coach Brent Sutter. The

31-year-old Clemmensen made 23 saves in a 3-1 win over the

Florida Panthers on Thursday and has yielded two goals or less

in four of his five games.

The Devils ended a streak in which they had given up at least

one power-play goal in five games by holding the Islanders

scoreless in three power plays, including two in the first

period. Ironically, they did it without penalty-killing

specialist John Madden in the lineup.

Madden suffered a foot injury on Thursday and his status for

this game is unknown.

Tampa Bay, meanwhile, is coming off a 4-1 victory over the

Nashville Predators on Friday. Captain Vincent Lecavalier

scored two goals and helped the Lightning earn their first win

under interim head coach Rick Tocchet, who took over for the

fired Barry Melrose on November 14.

The Lightning, who have scored a league-low 43 goals, netted

four for the first time since a 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres

on October 30.

The top overall pick in this past June's draft, Steven Stamkos

set up two goals, giving him three points in his last two games

after an eight-game drought.

One of the major changes many believed Tocchet would bring to

the team is an increase in Stamkos' ice time. However, after

two straight games with 15-plus minutes under Tocchet, Stamkos

logged just 11 minutes, 58 seconds of ice time on Friday.



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