The New Jersey Devils host the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 of their first-round series. Here’s everything you need to know to watch.
Through the first two games of the series, the Tampa Bay Lightning have looked like the team that finished first in the Eastern Conference. The Lightning have scored five goals in both of the games in Tampa. The series shifts to New Jersey as the Devils desperately look to get back into the series.
New Jersey coach John Hynes stuck with Keith Kinkaid in Game 2 and the decision backfired. Kinkaid was absolutely terrible in Game 2, allowing five goals on only 15 shots. Cory Schneider came in and stopped all 10 shots he faced in the final 25 minutes and should start in front of the home crowd in Game 3. The Devils were able to score three goals in the last game despite Taylor Hall not being involved in any goals. However, New Jersey needs to be significantly better defensively if they are going to win Game 3.
Andrei Vasilevskiy has been great in net for Tampa this season. The Russian goalie has stopped 70 of 75 shots over the first two games. Offensively, Tampa is firing on all cylinders, with every player on their top three lines finding the scoresheet. The Lightning power play has made the Devils pay for taking penalties. Tampa has scored on three of their four power plays.
New Jersey Devils vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Date: Monday, April 16
Location: Prudential Center, Newark
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV: CNBC, MSG+, FS-F
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Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi both left Game 2 with injuries and their availability heading into Game 3 is unclear.