Although its not immediate elimination, Wednesday night’s game has turned in to a “must win” situation for the New Jersey Devils. After an inspiring Game 1, the Devils have fallen short in two games against the Tampa Bay Lightning and now trail the series 2-1.
Of course the Lightning need two wins in order to eliminate the Devils, a 3-1 deficit, although not impossible, would be tough to overcome in their present state.
Colin White remains out of the lineup with back problems, and Richard Matvichuk is slated to continue to take his place.
Matvichuk played one game in the regular season after coming off of the long-term injury list.
In Monday night’s game, Matvichuk logged 15:34 minutes of ice time, 4 minutes in penalties, but had the most blocked shots out of any player in the game with 6. In the end, however, it didn’t help as Tampa Bay still made 24 shots on Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, 3 of which went in to the net.
Cam Janssen, however, is still not slated to be in the lineup even after the Devils were outplayed in every aspect, including physically, in the past two games.
Game time tonight is at 7:00 PM ET at the St. Pete Times Forum. The game will be broadcasted on FSN NY 2 and WWDJ 970 AM. To lookup what channel FSN NY 2 is in your area, please visit http://njdevils.info/schedule/tvoverflow