UPDATE: NEWARK, N.J. — Tyler Johnson is in the lineup tonight for Game 4 against the Devils, but Lightning coach Jon Cooper said Ryan Callahan is not.
Callahan is missing his second game of this best-of-seven game series after suffering what is believed to be a right shoulder injury in Saturday's win. He participated in Monday's morning skate but did not play Monday night in Game 3. He also did not skate in Tuesday's practice.
Cory Conacher, who replaced Callahan on the fourth line with Cedric Paquette and Chris Kunitz, will join them again tonight.
The Lightning is 10-10 all-time in Game 4s and is 7-3 in Game 4s played on the road. It is 4-4 in Game 4s under Cooper.
The Lightning has scored the first goal in each of the first three games.
The Lightning has lost four straight games at the Rock, postseason games included.
The Lightning has received just four points from its defenseman, with Ryan McDonagh getting three assists in the first two games and Mikhail Sergachev getting one.
"Our D has been a big part of our offense all year," Cooper said. "One thing we need to do better is get shots through. Game 2 I think our D only had five shots. We had many more shots (in Game 3), but not enough, too many blocked, too many missing the net. For us to be effective we have to get our D involved."
The Lightning received 16 shots from the defensemen Monday with Victor Hedman and McDonagh leading the way with five each, tied for tops on the team. Sergachev had four. Braydon Coburn was the only defenseman without a shot.
Wanted: clean game
Both teams, the Lightning on Tuesday and the Devils after their morning skate Wednesday, talked about the importance of staying out of the penalty box.
The Lightning committed nine Monday, the Devils seven before the end-of-the-game fisticuffs.
The Lightning has actually killed penalties better this series than it did in the regular season. It has allowed two power-play goals, including one Monday when the Devils had a 5-on-3.
"I thought we had a pretty good plan coming in," Cooper said. "We settled on some regular pairings, which really helped us. We've been much more responsible. We blocked a lot more shots, which we weren't doing in the regular season. There's definitely work to do, still. They're still getting some chances. We can win some more faceoffs, clear some more pucks, which is given them more zone time, but overall we've been pretty good."
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