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By KEVIN KELLY
© St. Petersburg Times, published February 6, 2001
WHEN/WHERE: 7:30; Ice Palace, Tampa. TV: Lightning Hockey Network (Citrus County: Ch. 18 for upgrade, digital and Black Diamond, Ch. 20 for regular system; Hernando: Ch. 18 for upgrade and digital; Hillsborough: Ch. 44; Pinellas: Ch. 7; Pasco: Ch. 62 on cable-ready TVs, Ch. 67 with a cable box; Verizon Media (Clearwater, Pinellas Park): Ch. 525; Moffat Communications (Zephyrhills), Ch. 2. Call (866) 835-3562 for information.)
RADIO: WDAE-AM 620.
THE LOWDOWN: This is the second and final meeting this season. Minnesota beat Tampa Bay 6-5 on Oct. 18 for its first ever win. ... The Wild is 5-4-0-1 in its past 10. ... Rookie LW Marian Gaborik, who had two goals against the Lightning, has at least one point in six consecutive games. ... G Manny Fernadez ranks among the league leaders in goals against average (2.18), save percentage (.919) and shutouts (4). ... After losing 10 consecutive, the Lightning has won two straight. Tampa Bay hasn't had a three-game winning streak since Nov. 3-10. ... C Vinny Lecavalier (broken left foot) skated for 20 minutes Monday and could return Saturday. ... Lightning coach John Tortorella will decide on a goaltender today. ... RW Alexander Kharitonov gave up his No. 36 to RW Matthew Barnaby. Kharitonov, a rookie, will wear No. 14. ... LW Todd Warriner has four points (two goals, two assists) and RW Mike Johnson has three (one, two) in their past two games. ... Rookie C Brad Richards has one goal, five assists in the past three. ... The Lightning is 2-11-1 against the Western Conference this season; Minnesota is 4-6-6 against the East. ... The Lightning recalled F Thomas Ziegler from its IHL affiliate in Detroit.