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Who: Tampa Bay Lightning (24-33-8) vs. New Jersey Devils (34-20-9).

When/where: 7:35, ThunderDome.

TV: None.

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

The series: The Lightning is 0-2-1 against the Devils this season. Both losses were at New Jersey and by a goal, 2-1 on Oct. 6 and 5-4 on Feb. 19. Lifetime, the Lightning is 0-4-1 against the Devils, one of only four teams the Lightning never has defeated.

Who's hurt: Tampa Bay _ Defenseman Roman Hamrlik injured his left shoulder Tuesday against Washington and is not expected to play. Left wing Petr Klima (separated shoulder) and defenseman Donald Dufresne (knee) will not play. New Jersey _ The team was healthy entering Wednesday night's game against Florida.

About the Lightning: Tampa Bay, which is coming off a 2-2 road trip, begins a three-game homestand tonight. "We need to start winning at home," Lightning wing Rob DiMaio said.

The Lightning is 10-14-3 overall at the ThunderDome, but has only one victory in the past seven games (1-3-3).

Defenseman Chris LiPuma was recalled from the Atlanta Knights on Wednesday to fill in for Hamrlik.

About the Devils: The Devils are 14 games over .500, matching the team record set during the 1990-91 season.

The Devils are the only NHL team that has not lost more than two games in a row this season.

New Jersey has struggled lately, with 18 goals in its past six games (seven goals came in one game against Detroit). The Devils are led by John MacLean (29 goals, 27 assists). Scott Stevens leads the defensemen with 13 goals and 42 assists, but had been held pointless in his previous three games (his longest drought this season) before Wednesday night.

The Devils are playing back-to-back games for the 17th time this season. Their record in the first game is 11-3-3, and drops to 7-7-2 in the second game.


NHL goal leaders

1. Gordie Howe, Detroit-Hartford 801

2. Wayne Gretzky+, Edmonton-Los Angeles 798

3. Marcel Dionne, Detroit-L.A.-N.Y. Rangers 731

4. Phil Esposito, Chicago-Boston-N.Y. Rangers 717

5. Bobby Hull, Chicago-Winnipeg-Hartford 610

6. Mike Gartner+, Wash.-Minn.-N.Y. Rangers 608

7. Mike Bossy, New York Islanders 573

8. Guy Lafleur, Montreal-N.Y. Rangers-Quebec 560

9. John Bucyk, Detroit-Boston 556

10. Jari Kurri+, Edmonton-Los Angeles 551