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TONIGHT: LIGHTNING AT OILERS

WHEN/WHERE: 9:35 p.m., Edmonton Coliseum, Edmonton, Alberta.

TV: Sunshine Network.

RADIO: WSUN-AM 620.

RECORDS: Lightning 27-35-7; Oilers 32-32-7.

THE SERIES: This is the second meeting of the season. The Lightning tied Edmonton 2-2 on Dec. 12 at the Ice Palace on Roman Hamrlik's third-period goal. Edmonton leads the overall series 4-3-2.

THE AILING: Tampa Bay _ C Brian Bradley (wrist) is out. LW Patrick Poulin (knee) is questionable. Edmonton _ Donald Dufresne (foot) is questionable.

LATELY: The Lightning is coming off an abysmal six-game homestand. It scored only nine goals _ four in one period _ in losing five of the six games. With Sunday's 3-1 loss to Toronto, the Lightning has lost three straight. Edmonton hasn't played since Saturday _ a 4-3 victory against the Hartford Whalers. Curtis Joseph made 43 saves and Jason Arnott scored the game-winner late in the third period. The victory pushed the Oilers' record to .500, the latest since 1992 that Edmonton has hit that mark.

GOALIESPEAK: Daren Puppa made the trip and is available, but look for Tampa Bay to start Rick Tabaracci. Joseph, 5-3-1 lifetime against Tampa Bay, is expected to start for Edmonton.

THE NEW GUYS: Jeff Norton and Jamie Huscroft, acquired in trades by Tampa Bay on Tuesday, will be available for tonight's game. Drew Bannister, traded from Tampa Bay, likely won't play for the Oilers. He's still nursing a bruised shoulder.

ODDS AND ENDS: The Oilers haven't defeated the Lightning in Edmonton since 1994. However, the Lightning has won only once in Edmonton _ 3-2 last season. Because of the players' lockout, the teams did not play in 1995. Beginning tonight, nine of Tampa Bay's final 13 games are on the road.

_ TIM BUCKLEY

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