What: Tampa Bay Lightning (1-1-0) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (1-1-0)
When: 8:35 tonight
Where: Chicago Stadium
TV/radio: WQYK-1010 AM
Coaches: Tampa Bay _ Terry Crisp. Chicago _ Darryl Sutter.
Players to watch: Tampa Bay _ Brian Bradley, center; John Tucker, left wing; Rob Zamuner, left wing; Chris Kontos, left wing; Mikael Andersson, right wing; Rob Ramage, defenseman; Wendell Young, goaltender. Chicago _ Jeremy Roenick, center; Steve Larmer, right wing; Christian Ruuttu, center; Chris Chelios, defenseman; Ed Belfour, goaltender.
What to expect: Remember what you expected from the Blackhawks in the season-opener Wednesday in Tampa?
A bump-and-grind defense. One of the league's best penalty-killing teams (stopping 84.2 percent of opponents' power plays last season), led by right wing Dirk Graham, Chelios and Belfour. And a lot of penalties (they were the second-most penalized team last year).
Well, you saw one of those aspects _ the penalties, 40 minutes worth _ as the Lightning embarrassed Chicago, last year's Stanley Cup finalist, 7-3. The Lightning scored on three of 11 power plays.
Things could be different today in the Blackhawks' home opener. Chicago had the third-best home record in the league last year (23-9-8, .675 percentage).
"We weren't ready; it was disgusting," Roenick said. "I was the worst player out there, I'll admit it. You didn't see Blackhawk hockey. It's going to be a lot different (today). I guarantee it."
_ BRIAN LANDMAN