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TONIGHT: LIGHTNING VS. KINGS

WHEN/WHERE: 7; St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Dr., Tampa.

TV/RADIO: DirecTV Ch. 633, DISH Ch. 446, Verizon Ch. 525, Shaw Ch. 2; WDAE-AM 620.

THE LOWDOWN: Lightning D Brad Lukowich did not practice Tuesday because of a hip flexor injury that kept him out of Sunday's third period against the Sabres. He will be evaluated today. The Kings are 2-4-0 in their past six games and 3-4-0 in their past seven on the road. The Lightning is 8-2-3 in its past 13 games and 6-1-1 in its past eight at home. Tampa Bay earned 31 points in its past 23 games. Los Angeles RW Ziggy Palffy has five goals, seven assists in his past nine games. The Lightning is 31-for-34 (91.2 percent) on the penalty kill in its past 13 games, and 13-for-49 (26.5 percent) on the power play. C Vinny Lecavalier has five goals, 10 assists in his past 13 games. G Nikolai Khabibulin is 7-0-2 in his past nine starts with a 1.13 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage. Los Angeles is 11-16-3-4 on the road. Tampa Bay is 20-8-4-3 at home. Its 47 home points were tied for third in the league. The Kings are 11-5-0-1 against the East. The Lightning is 7-7-2-1 against the West. This is the first of two meetings. Tampa Bay leads the series 12-5-1, has won three in a row and is 4-4-0 at home.

_ Compiled by Damian Cristodero.

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