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TONIGHT: LIGHTNING VS. CANUCKS

WHEN/WHERE: 10:35; GM Place, Vancouver.

TV/RADIO: Sunshine; WSUN-AM 620.

RECORDS: Lightning 28-36-7, Canucks 29-39-4.

THE SERIES: The Canucks lead 7-1-0, including 5-2 victory in Tampa Saturday. Vancouver is one of three current NHL cities where the Lightning never has won. Denver and Dallas are the others, though Tampa Bay beat the Colorado Avalanche when it played in Quebec and the Dallas Stars when they played in Minnesota.

LATELY: Vancouver is 1-4-0 in its past five games and 1-7-2 in its past 10, the lone victory being over Tampa Bay. The beat-up Canucks lost their last outing 2-1 to San Jose on Thursday in Vancouver. Tampa Bay had lost four straight and six out of seven going into Calgary on Friday.

GOALIESPEAK: With usual No. 1 Kirk McLean hurt, Vancouver's Corey Hirsch has made seven straight starts and is 1-4-2 in that span.

GROUNDED ROCKET: Star Canucks right wing Pavel Bure, a k a the Russian Rocket, skated Wednesday for the first time since March 3, when he aggravated a whiplash injury that has bothered him since sustaining the injury in Vancouver's season opener. He also is suffering from recurring headaches, and it is likely he is done for the season.

LOOKING AHEAD: Tampa Bay returns home to play Ottawa on Tuesday and Hartford on Thursday before leaving again, this time for four straight games against Eastern Conference opponents.

THE AILING: Lightning _ RW Dino Ciccarelli (flu) is questionable. C Brian Bradley (torn ligament, wrist) is on injured reserve. LW/RW Patrick Poulin (sprained medial collateral ligament, right knee) came off IR Friday. Canucks _ Regulars Bure (out eight straight games), McLean (fractured finger; out seven straight), C Sergei Nemchinov (rib strain; out 10 straight, including six since coming to Vancouver in a trade with the New York Rangers), F Trevor Linden (bruised rib; out six straight), LW David Roberts (hip flexor; out four straight) and D Jyrki Lumme (charley horse; out three straight) did not play Thursday.

_ TIM BUCKLEY

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