Game time: Thursday at 7 p.m.
TV: Sun Sports
Ilya Kovalchuk doesn't mind if his offensive production isn't up to his standards, so long as the New Jersey Devils keep winning.
If their goaltending is as good as it has been recently, they'll have a solid chance to earn a third consecutive victory Thursday night against a visiting Tampa Bay Lightning team that is suddenly having trouble scoring.
Kovalchuk scored two goals and added three assists in New Jersey's first four games, but he hasn't recorded a point in the last five and had only one shot on goal in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the New York Rangers.
It marked the second straight victory for the Devils (5-1-3) following an 0-1-3 stretch despite Kovalchuk's longest drought since not recording a point in six straight Nov. 20-Dec. 2, 2010.
"It's all about the team. If we'll be struggling as a team, it'll be a different story," said Kovalchuk, who has five goals and six assists in his last eight games against Tampa Bay (6-3-0).