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Game preview: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Chicago Blackhawks


Lightning vs. Blackhawks

When/where: 7:30; St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Injuries: Tampa Bay —
D Jamie Heward (concussion), G Mike Smith (concussion), G Olie Kolzig (arm) and D Andrej Meszaros (arm) are out;
D Paul Ranger (upper body) is day to day.
Chicago — D Brent Sopel (undisclosed), RW Patrick Sharp (knee) and
G Nikolai Khabibulin (groin) are out.

Key stats: With 35 points (16-11-3), Chicago is the West's second-best road team. … RW Kris Versteeg leads all rookies with 42 points, 26 assists and four short-handed goals. … The Blackhawks haven't played in Tampa since Dec. 2, 2005, a 3-2 Tampa Bay victory. … RW Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 31 assists and 48 points. … Lightning LW Vinny Prospal is minus-9 in his past nine games.

Game preview: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Chicago Blackhawks 02/16/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 17, 2009 8:04am]
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