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Tonight: Lightning at Blackhawks

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published December 8, 2002

WHEN/WHERE: 8; United Center, Chicago.

TV/RADIO: Sunshine; WDAE-AM 620.

THE LOWDOWN: In his first game Friday after a 25-game suspension for violating conditions of his substance-abuse aftercare program, Blackhawks RW Theo Fleury scored. ... Chicago has lost seven of nine and is 3-2-1 in its past six at home. Tampa Bay is 2-4-1-2 in its past nine and 1-1-1-2 in its past five on the road. ... Entering Saturday, C Tyler Arnason led rookies with 7 goals, 15 points, 3 winning goals and 76 shots. ... G Jocelyn Thibault was tied for the league lead with four shutouts. He was third with a 2.03 goals-against average. ... The Blackhawks had the No.3 home penalty kill at 90.9 percent and allowed five goals, tied for second-fewest in the league. ... The Blackhawks are 5-1-3 against the East. The Lightning is 3-1-1-1 against the West. ... Chicago is 8-4-1 at home. Tampa Bay is 5-5-3-2 on the road. ... The Lightning trails the series 7-10-5 and is winless in eight (0-5-2-1). It is 3-7-2 at Chicago, where it has not won since October 1997 (0-4-0).

-- Compiled by Damian Cristodero.


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