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TONIGHT: LIGHTNING VS. SABRES

WHEN/WHERE: 5; St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa.

RADIO: WDAE-AM 620.

THE LOWDOWN: The Lightning is 8-2-2 in its past 12 and 30 of 32 on the penalty kill. Tampa Bay has won three straight at home, and its 20 home victories are two off the team record set in 1995-96. Tampa Bay's 30 victories are tied for third best. C Vinny Prospal has points in eight consecutive games (four goals, seven assists). After Saturday's 4-0 win at Florida, the Sabres are 3-2-1-1 since a Feb. 23 victory over the Lightning. They are 2-1-1-1 in their past five on the road. Buffalo RW Miroslav Satan has points in eight consecutive games (four goals, eight assists). C Curtis Brown has points in seven consecutive games (four goals, four assists). RW Ales Kotalik is tied for first among rookies with 17 goals. Going into Saturday, Tampa Bay's Dan Boyle was fourth among defensemen with 50 points. C Brad Richards was tied for second with 28 power-play assists, one behind leader Ray Whitney of Columbus. The Lightning is 20-8-3-3 at home. The Sabres are 8-17-4-5 on the road, second worst in the East. This is the third of four meetings; Buffalo leads 1-0-1. The Lightning trails the series 10-25-4-1 and is winless in eight (0-6-2). It is 4-13-2-1 at home.

_ Compiled by Damian Cristodero.

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