The New Jersey Devils host the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 of their first-round series. Here’s everything you need to know to watch.
The New Jersey Devils got their first playoff win in six years, winning 5-2 in Game 3. Devils coach John Hynes was able to use the home team’s last chance to have favorable line matchups. New Jersey will look to even the series before heading back to Tampa for Game 5.
After losing 12 straight games to finish the season and being relegated to the backup role, Cory Schneider replaced an ineffective Keith Kinkaid in Game 3. Schneider was brilliant, stopping 34 of 36 shots. If Schneider can stay hot, New Jersey could play themselves back into the series. Offensively, Taylor Hall was dominant in Game 3. The Hart Trophy candidate scored a goal and had two assists.
Andrei Vasilevskiy has been busy in net for Tampa Bay. The Russian goalie has faced an average of 38 shots in the first three games. Vasilevskiy has played very well in the series but the Tampa defense needs to do a better job getting into shooting lanes and preventing shots. Offensively, Nikita Kucherov has continued his career season into the playoffs. The Russian winger has six points. However, Tampa is not getting the same offense from their defense in the playoffs that they got in the regular season. Victor Hedman and Mikhail Sergachev combined for 26 goals and 103 points in the regular season. Against New Jersey, Hedman is pointless and Sergachev has one assist.
New Jersey Devils vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Date: Wednesday, April 18
Location: Prudential Center, Newark
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV: GOLF, MSG+, SUN
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Game 3 had an unusually high amount of penalty minutes. The two teams combined for 130 penalty minutes after all 10 skaters received 10-minute misconducts.