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Tonight: Lightning vs. Sabres

By Times Staff Writer
Published March 18, 2004

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

TV/RADIO: Sunshine; WDAE-AM 620. THE SERIES: The fourth and final meeting this season; Lightning leads 2-0-0-1. Tampa Bay trails overall 13-25-5-2.

KEY INJURIES: Buffalo - RW Tim Connolly (concussion, out); C Chris Drury (concussion, out); D Rory Fitzpatrick (knee, out); RW Ales Kotalik (shoulder, out); D Alexei Zhitnik (shoulder, out). Tampa Bay - None.

THE LOWDOWN: The Lightning has lost consecutive games in regulation for the first time since Dec. 16 but still is 26-5-2-4 since Jan. 3. ... Tampa Bay's power play has converted just four of its past 39 opportunities (10.3 percent). ... The Sabres were 3-4-0-3 in their past 10 entering Wednesday's game at Florida and had lost their past three in overtime. The team was 5-4-0-1 in its past 10 on the road. ... Buffalo C Daniel Briere had four goals and four assists in a six-game points streak. ... RW Miroslav Satan had four goals and eight assists in his past seven games. ... The Sabres are four points behind the Islanders for the East's final playoff spot. ... Entering Wednesday, the Lightning's 72 points against the East were second in the conference behind the Flyers' 73. ... Tampa Bay is 1-3-2-0 in its past six against the Sabres in Tampa, where it is 5-13-3-1.

- Compiled by Damian Cristodero.

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