Game time: 7:30 p.m. ETTV: Sun Sports
If Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman was attempting to spark his underachieving club with a bold coaching change, the plan has gotten off to a solid start.
New coach Jon Cooper is setting the bar pretty high, too, and seems more than prepared for the job as he makes his debut Friday night against the visiting New Jersey Devils.
Prior to Sunday's 3-2 loss to Winnipeg that marked the team's third consecutive defeat, Yzerman fired coach Guy Boucher after two-plus seasons with the Lightning in danger of missing the playoffs for the second straight year.
Tampa Bay (14-18-1), though, played one of its better games of the season Tuesday while Cooper watched from an executive suite, beating Buffalo 2-1 as Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis each finished with a goal and an assist.
Stamkos leads the league with 23 goals while St. Louis ranks second with 34 assists, and the stars are a couple of the many reasons Cooper believes he can help...