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Tonight: Lightning vs. Rangers

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 30, 2002

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

TV/RADIO: Sunshine; WDAE-AM 620.

THE LOWDOWN: The Lightning, with a $28.1-million payroll, entered Tuesday night's games No. 1 in the East and No. 2 in the league behind the Minnesota Wild. The Rangers, with a $75-million payroll, were sixth in the East. ... Tampa Bay spent most of Tuesday's practice working on the power play. The team has converted three of its past 26 chances. ... C Brian Holzinger, recovering from a broken left leg, practiced for about 20 minutes. ... Entering Tuesday, Rangers RW Pavel Bure was tied for the league lead with seven goals. He has three goals and two assists in his past three games. ... G Mike Richter has 300 career victories. ... Tampa Bay's Dan Boyle was tied for the lead among defensemen with 11 points, and was tied for second among all skaters with six power-play assists. ... G Nikolai Khabibulin was tied for the league lead with six victories. ... New York has won two in a row. ... The Lightning is 6-1-1 against the East. The Rangers are 3-4-1. ... Tampa Bay is 3-0-0 at home. New York is 2-1-1 on the road. ... The Lightning trails in the series 18-20-5-2, including a 4-2 victory Oct. 21 at Madison Square Garden, and is 8-10-3-1 at home.

-- Compiled by Damian Cristodero


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