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(Sports Network) - Two of the Eastern Conference's hottest clubs face off tonight at Continental Airlines Arena, where the New Jersey Devils continue their homestand with an intriguing matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Devils have opened up a comfortable lead atop the Atlantic Division by recording victories in nine of their last 11 contests. New Jersey is currently riding a three-game win streak and blanked the rival New York Rangers in its most recent test.

Martin Brodeur turned in another All-Star performance, as the legendary goaltender made 26 saves to earn his league-leading eighth shutout of the season in the Devils' 1-0 decision on Monday.

Brad Lukowich scored the game's lone goal midway through the opening period, and the Devils turned in an excellent defensive effort en route to another win. New Jersey did not commit a penalty over the course of the night.

Brodeur, named to his ninth All-Star Game over the weekend, logged his 88th career shutout. The 34-year-old also tops the NHL with 28 wins this season and has been sensational during the Devils' current run of success. Over New Jersey's last 11 games, Brodeur has posted a sparkling 1.35 goals-against average and registered four shutouts.

The Devils, who conclude this three-game home stretch Saturday versus Philadelphia, are an outstanding 16-4-3 as the host this season.

Tampa Bay has also been red-hot of late, as the Lightning had won a season- high five straight games prior to Tuesday's setback to Toronto. Alex Steen's tiebreaking goal with 4:21 left to play proved to be the game-winner as the Maple Leafs skated off with a 4-2 victory at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Vincent Lecavalier and Dan Boyle had the goals for Tampa Bay and Marc Denis finished with 24 saves.

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Tampa needs this win to stay ahead of Toronto for 8th and to even pass the Rangers but since this game is against New Jersey and Brodeur(who is amazing) I think its going to be a tough one.
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Tampa Usually does pretty good against New Jersey. I don't know why though. :dunno:

I wouldn't be surprised if they won this game, but of course it's being played in New Jersey, and the Devils have been tough on home-ice.
 

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3-2 Tampa, F/SO.
 
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