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Tonight on Versus: Lightning look to wake up against Devils

Dec 12, 2011, 7:30 AM EDT

Ryan Shannon, Adam Larsson AP

Times have been tough on the Lightning of late and there’s no time like tonight against the Devils (7 p.m. on Versus) to get things turned around. Tampa Bay has lost six of their last seven games and they’re not looking all that pretty in losing.

The Lightning have given up 27 goals over that seven game stretch and their one victory came in a shootout over the Rangers. Mathieu Garon and Dwayne Roloson haven’t been getting the job done.

Making matters worse for Tampa Bay, their offense hasn’t been able make up for the mistakes their defense and goaltending have made. There’s only so much Steve Stamkos and Vincent Lecavalier can do. Going up against the Devils isn’t going to help them get their offense figured out.

Things for New Jersey haven’t been any better of late. The Devils have lost five of their last seven and we’ve seen Martin Brodeur look every bit of 39 years-old in the process. While Ilya Kovalchuk has picked up his scoring of late (points in six of his last seven), the Devils would like to see Zach Parise pick things up. The Lightning defense should be the medicine to cure his ills.

Rookies to watch: While Brett Connolly won’t be there for Tampa Bay as he joins Team Canada’s World Junior camp, the Devils have a pair of young guys to look out for in Adam Larsson and Adam Henrique. While Larsson has the notability from being a top five pick in last year’s draft, Henrique is proving to be a possible Calder Trophy candidate scoring six goals and 14 assists.

  1. bcjim - Dec 12, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Dear VS.

    1. Please show more hockey. Rocky reruns are not too exciting.

    2. Please pick better games than this dud.

    • lsxphotog - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:50 PM

      You realize it’s the only game on in the NHL tonight…what else would they show? Rudy?

      I’m sure Tampa will start Roli again tonight since they seem to think he does well every time he plays poorly on all Versus games…Tampa’s hurting so I’m not expecting much out of them and the Devils have allowed a lot of bad play to skate all over them the past two months. So we have two opponents who have been struggling. I hope the Lightning can use their home ice advantage and come out with 2 points… IN REGULATION!

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