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Tonight: Lightning vs. Stars


© St. Petersburg Times, published January 14, 2001

WHEN/WHERE: 6; Ice Palace, Tampa.

TV/RADIO: Sunshine Network; WDAE-AM 620.

THE LOWDOWN: The Stars likely will go with Ed Belfour in goal. It will be his second game since returning to the team after he argued with coach Ken Hitchcock and bolted. Belfour lost 3-2 Friday night as the Red Wings snapped Dallas' three-game winning streak. ... The Stars have won seven of 10. ... Tampa Bay has won just five of 22. ... Belfour has a league-high seven shutouts, though he is 8-9-1 after a stretch of 220 shutout minutes. ... The Lightning likely will go with Dan Cloutier in goal for the third consecutive game. ... C Vinny Lecavalier (foot) is likely out. ... Dallas will be without RW Jamie Langenbrunner (abdominal surgery) and C Kirk Muller (chest). ... Going into Saturday night's games, the Stars had the league's third-best road penalty kill with an 87.5 efficiency (84 of 96). ... Dallas RW Brett Hull was tied for second with 24 goals. ... This is the last of two meetings between the teams. ... Dallas beat Tampa Bay 6-2 on Nov. 20 in Dallas. ... The Stars lead the series 14-3-3 and are 7-1-2 in Tampa. ... The Lightning hasn't beaten the Stars in Tampa since Feb. 19, 1996, a stretch of four losses.

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