The Devils are 4-4-2-1 in their last 11 games and just 2-3-2-1
in their last eight contests.
New Jersey coach Pat Burns is hoping his harsh words following
Wednesday's 4-2 loss to Pittsburgh will get the Devils going
"We were unmotivated, undisciplined and uninspired - all those
great words," he said following Wednesday's game. "Was it
preparation, was it motivation? I'll take responsibility for
that, but once they go on the ice, it's up to them. I'm going
to have to check hearts and heads and see what the problem is."
Facing a team that had been winless in 11 straight road games,
the Devils faced a 3-0 hole through 28 minutes. Among the
mistakes was a gaffe by defenseman Scott Niedermayer, who shoved
the puck toward Martin Brodeur and the goaltender had the puck
hit his stick and trickle in.
Both Niedermayer and Brodeur were named All-Star starters on
The Lightning posted a 3-2 win in their first visit to New
Jersey in October.
The Lightning were 11-2-2-1 following a 2-1 home win over
Buffalo on November 22. But they are 6-13-4 since.
Tampa Bay is two points behind Atlanta for first place in the
The Lightning improved to 1-1-0 on a five-game road trip with
Thursday's 4-1 win at Montreal.
Martin St. Louis figured in all four goals Thursday. Voted to
the Eastern Conference All-Star team before the game, St. Louis
scored twice and set up tallies by Fredrik Modin and Ruslan