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The Tampa Bay Lightning may be faring better than expected without Steven Stamkos, but that's clearly not the case on the road.

A visit to New Jersey may not help, either.

The Lightning look to end a six-game skid away from home Saturday night against the struggling Devils.

Tampa Bay (18-10-3) is 6-5-3 since Stamkos suffered a broken right leg last month, and the superstar center is expected to be out until February. The team is also without defenseman Victor Hedman (lower-body injury) for at least another week.

"We're finding a way, and you need to do that," coach Jon Cooper said.

Much of the Lightning's success without Stamkos, though, has come at home, while they're 1-4-2 on the road.

They beat Montreal 2-1 on Nov. 12 in their first game without Stamkos before losing six straight, one shy of matching the slide that concluded last season.

Tampa Bay is 3-7-3 in its last 13 visits to New Jersey (12-15-6), dropping three of four following a 2-1 defeat Oct. 29.

The Lightning did record at least a point for the fourth straight game (2-0-2) with Thursday's 2-1 shootout victory over visiting Detroit. Martin St. Louis scored the only goal in the sixth round of the tiebreaker after being limited to one shot without a point through overtime. He had six points over his previous three games, including three in Tuesday's 6-5 shootout loss at Washington.

St. Louis' 13 goals are one behind Stamkos for the team lead, but his 30 points are a team high. However, the captain has been limited to three goals and eight assists in 15 road games and failed to get a point and was minus-2 at New Jersey on Oct. 29.

He had eight points over the four previous visits.

Ben Bishop will likely be in net looking to build on his 28-save effort against the Red Wings, plus turning aside all six shootout attempts. He's been a pleasant surprise, going 16-5-2 with a 2.05 goals-against average and two shutouts.

"Bish is the backbone of our success," St. Louis said.

Bishop, though, is also having trouble on the road lately, going 0-2-2 with a 3.33 GAA in his last five outside Tampa Bay. He stopped 20 shots at New Jersey in October.

A slow start doomed the Devils to their fifth loss in six games (1-4-1) Friday, 3-2 at Pittsburgh. They allowed three first-period goals and couldn't come all the way back despite dominating the final 40 minutes with a 32-11 shots advantage.

"The second and third we started moving our feet, and that's how we started creating some chances," said Dainius Zubrus, who had a goal against the Penguins. "We're a pretty good team - we've just got to get our minds into it from the start of the game and start skating right off the hop. When we do that, when we play 60 minutes, we can play against anybody."

Patrik Elias has two goals and four assists during a five-game point streak. The left wing has at least one point in each of the past five home meetings with Tampa Bay, totaling two goals and six assists.

Martin Brodeur may get the start in goal since he's 14-2-1 with a 2.37 GAA over his last 17 games against the Lightning. That includes making 16 saves Oct. 29 to win a third straight home matchup.

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