Although New Jersey is coming off a 5-3 loss Friday against the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper doesn't have any doubts about what kind of team he'll be facing.
"New Jersey does such a good job of playing defense and keeping the puck out of the net. It's tough to break through and score against these guys," Cooper said. "I look at the score last night and they gave up five goals and it's like an eye-opener, and then I think, 'Why couldn't they have given up five against us?' That doesn't happen that often and they have world-class goaltending in there and they have a system in place and they know how to play."
Lightning forward Ryan Malone will sit out again Saturday, the fifth consecutive game when he will be scratched. Joining him in the stands will be forward Nikita Kucherov, who is without a goal in his past 14 games, and forward Richard Panik, who is without a point since returning from Syracuse of the American Hockey League on March 4.
Johnson, 23, put that situation in an interesting perspective.
"I think Stamkos was 18-years old when he did that feat," Johnson said. "If I'm not mistaken, he got 60 goals when he was 20 or 21 years old. I don't really think about it at all."
The Devils arrived late after their game against the Panthers and took the morning off.
Martin Brodeur is expected to be in goal for New Jersey. He has defeated the Lightning in their two previous matchups this season, allowing one goal, by Stamkos.
Here are the projected lineups for the Devils and Lightning