Lightning vs Devils Predictions Hockey Picks Tonight 2-26-16
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Tampa Bay Lightning vs New Jersey Devils, February 26th 2016
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The Devils come into Friday night’s game having won two out of three games against Tampa last season. However, with a crushing 6-1 loss against the Blue Jackets on Thursday, Coach Hynes is surely thinking about who he’s going to pull out at goaltender, and who’s going to be in the net the whole night.
The Lightning (34-22-4) could be counting on the return of defenseman Jason Garrison as they start this four game road trip. Garrison has missed the last eight games, so the team is optimistic about his return to keep additional momentum going for Tampa Bay. However, they’ve been holding their own impressively lately, winning their last four games in a row. Coming into New Jersey after the Devils lost against the Blue Jackets last night could be just the momentum they need to win on the road, with or without Garrison at the helm.
The Devils (30-25-7) will be playing on home ice Friday, but after losing 6-1 to the Blue Jackets on Thursday, they need a momentum change in order to win against the Lightning. Coach Hynes is splitting goalies between Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid, though he has yet to announce who will start tonight. At this point, he’s likely to go with who can give New Jersey the most saves early on, before the possibility of a switch.
Since New Jersey has lost four of their past five games, and had their worst first period of the season last night, it’s anyone’s guess who Hynes’ best bet will be at this point, but the entire team seems to be well aware that the rest of the season could be a completely uphill battle.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs New Jersey Devils NHL Picks Tonight 2/26/16
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