Tampa Bay Lightning vs New Jersey Devils – 2-1 NJD – NJD Leads Season Series 1-0
One major thing that went well for the Devils last night in their win over the Tampa Bay Lightning was that they capitalized on their opportunities. They had two beautiful scoring opportunities and ended up converting on both of them in their 2-1 win. While the Lightning missed a golden opportunity off a Martin Brodeur error, the Devils defense really held down the fort last night in a thrilling victory.
The Eric Gelinas watch continued last night and he didn’t have an amazing game but he didn’t look horrible either. If you want to nitpick he looked a little sloppy at a couple points but he isn’t going to perform outstandingly every game.
Jaromir Jagr’s game-winning goal record was “overturned” if you will after a slight error by most reporters. They forgot that Gordie Howe had 121 GWG and now Jagr has to re-break the record. He currently sits at 119 so he is close to that mark and will hopefully break it this season.
While I would like to see Jacob Josefson and Mattias Tedenby play, the offense has been playing very well so no need to shake things up on that front.
Sooner or later, Bryce Salvador will be returning so hopefully Gelinas can play as much as possible to make a statement and probably end up sending Peter Harrold to Albany. Both Peter Harrold and Mark Fayne would need to clear waivers before going to Albany and after the loss of Alex Urbom, the Devils could end up being hesitant with sending someone down. As evidenced in the past, Gelinas’ contract is 2-way and does not need to clear waivers.
The Devils had the day off today with their next game coming Saturday at the Prudential Center in Newark against the Philadelphia Flyers.