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TONIGHT: vs. CAPITALS

Who: Tampa Bay Lightning (23-33-8) vs. Washington Capitals (31-26-6).

When/where: 7:35; USAir Arena, Landover, Md.

Radio: WFNS-AM 910, WLVU-FM 106.3.

The series: Tampa Bay is 0-2-1 versus the Capitals this season, losing 4-1 on Nov. 11, 6-3 on Feb. 5 and tying 5-5 on New Year's Day. Lifetime, the Lightning is 0-3-2.

Who's hurt: Tampa Bay _ Left wing Petr Klima partly separated his shoulder and is out 10 days. Defenseman Donald Dufresne reaggravated the injury to his left knee and did not make the road trip.

About the Lightning: Tampa Bay is still looking for its first victory over the Capitals, one of five teams it has never defeated.

Lightning coach Terry Crisp is forced to juggle lines again with the injury to Klima. He was undecided Monday whether he was simply going to add a left wing to play with center Chris Gratton and right wing Danton Cole, or break that line completely to keep other lines intact.

One thing is certain, the Lightning needs to start scoring. It has just three goals in its past two games.

About the Capitals: They have been a hot team, going 11-3-2 since Jim Schoenfeld took over the coaching reins from fired Terry Murray on Jan. 27. They are on a three-game win streak.

Don Beaupre is expected to be in goal. His goals-against average is 2.75, closing in on his all-time best of 2.64 in 1990-91. He's been hot lately, going 7-2-1 in his past 10 starts.

Notable: This is the fourth road game in the past five where the Lightning has never won in the opponent's building: Byrne Arena (New Jersey), Pacific Coliseum (Vancouver), Northlands Coliseum (Edmonton) and now USAir Arena (Washington).

_ CAMMY CLARK

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