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Lightning up next
By EDUARDO A. ENCINA, Times Staff Writer
Published December 27, 2007
Lightning vs. Canadiens
When/where: 7; St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM
Injuries: Tampa Bay - Dan Boyle (wrist), Ryan Craig (knee) and Michel Ouellet (shoulder) are out. Montreal - Center Bryan Smolinski (knee) is out. Wing Steve Begin (shoulder) and defenseman Patrice Brisebios (shoulder) are day to day.
Key stats: This is the second of four meetings, with the Lightning winning 3-2 on Dec. 11 in Montreal in a shootout. ... The Lightning is 12-6-2 at home, and its 26 points at the Forum are most in the East. ... Tampa Bay center Vinny Lecavalier leads the league with 53 points entering Wednesday. ... Montreal's Alex Kovalev's nine power-play goals are tied for third-most in the league. ... Montreal's power play unit entered Wednesday tied for second-best in the league overall at 23.4 percent and the league's best on the road (26.1 percent). ... The Canadiens are 11-6-2 on the road, and their 24 points away from home are the second-most in the East.