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Tampa Bay Lightning preview: tonight vs. Canadiens

.Tonight

Lightning vs. Canadiens

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

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Injuries: Tampa Bay — LWs Gary Roberts (groin) and David Koci (broken hand) and G Olaf Kolzig (upper body) are out; D Lukas Krajicek (hand) is day to day. Montreal — C Saku Koivu (lower body), LW Christopher Higgins (upper body) and RW Mathieu Dandenault (broken arm) are out.

Key stats: The Lightning won 3-1 on Dec. 11 at Montreal as Marty St. Louis scored twice and Vinny Lecavalier added a goal. That broke a nine-game winless streak. Kolzig made 31 saves in what was his last start. … Krajicek will be a game-time decision. Matt Smaby had an assist for his first NHL point in replacing him Saturday. … Mike Smith is expected to start in goal for the Lightning. … Montreal has won four of five after defeating the Panthers on Monday night. … St. Louis will wear a live microphone for the entire television broadcast.

Brant James, Times staff writer

Tampa Bay Lightning preview: tonight vs. Canadiens 12/29/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 30, 2008 7:53am]
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