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TONIGHT'S GAME: vs. FLYERS

What: Tampa Bay Lightning (25-34-8) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (29-31-5).

When: 6:05.

Where: ThunderDome.

TV: Sunshine Network.

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

The series: Tampa Bay is 1-2 versus Philadelphia this season, winning 4-2 at the Dome on Jan. 8 and losing 3-0 at Philadelphia on Nov. 26 and 4-3 in overtime Nov. 27 at the Dome. Lifetime, the Lightning is 2-3.

Who's hurt: Tampa Bay _ Defenseman Roman Hamrlik (bruised shoulder) is day-to-day. Left wing Petr Klima (separated shoulder) will not play.

About the Lightning: The team has played back-to-back games 16 times this season. Tampa Bay doesn't fare well in the second game of those outings. It is 3-9-4.

Two of those losses were in overtime, including the 4-3 loss to Philadelphia.

About the Flyers: They have not made the playoffs in the past four years and are among a group of six teams battling for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Philadelphia has allowed 246 goals, the fifth most in the NHL. The goaltending has been shaky with Dominic Roussel (3.44 goals-against average) and Tommy Soderstrom (4.18).

Philadelphia has the NHL's 10th-best road record at 13-17-4.

Center Eric Lindros is tied for 11th in the NHL with 36 goals. He's tied for third with eight game-winning goals.

The Flyers also feature the leading rookie goal scorer in the NHL, Mikael Renberg with 28. He's second in rookie scoring to Ottawa's Alexei Yashin. Renberg has 33 points. Yashin has 38.

_ CAMMY CLARK

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