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Tonight: Lightning vs. Capitals

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 4, 2003

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

RADIO: WDAE-AM 620.

THE LOWDOWN: Lightning C Vinny Lecavalier missed practice with a stomach virus. ... G Nikolai Khabibulin was given a day off and remained in Sunrise after Sunday's All-Star Game. C Alexander Svitov, who played in Saturday's YoungStars Game, also remained in Sunrise because Khabibulin is his ride home. ... Lightning coach John Tortorella said D Stan Neckar likely will play after missing four games with a strained groin. ... Capitals RW Peter Bondra has two goals and one assist in his past nine games. ... Sergei Gonchar leads all defensemen with 34 assists and 47 points. ... RW Jaromir Jagr has nine goals and 11 assists in his past 11 games. ... Lightning F Vinny Prospal has points in six consecutive games (three goals and seven assists) and has three goals and 12 assists in his past 10 games. ... RW Martin St. Louis has four goals in his past two games. ... The Lightning is 4-1-1 in its past six games. ... The Capitals are 3-1-2 in their past six overall and 1-1-3-1 in their past six on the road. ... Tampa Bay is 7-2-1-1 against the Southeast. Washington is a division-best 9-2-1. ... This is the fourth of five meetings (Capitals 2-1-0). ... Tampa Bay trails the series 33-11-6 and is 6-16-2 at home.

-- Compiled by Damian Cristodero.


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