By DAMIAN CRISTODERO
© St. Petersburg Times, published March 8, 2001
WHEN/WHERE: 7:30; Ice Palace, Tampa.
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THE LOWDOWN: The Lightning re-assigned D Sergey Gusev to the IHL's Detroit Vipers. ... LWs Todd Warriner and Fredrik Modin will miss their second consecutive games with strained groins. ... D Pavel Kubina (dislocated right kneecap) is not expected back until at least Saturday's game against Columbus. ... The Hurricanes are without D Glen Wesley (broken jaw). ... Carolina holds the East's final playoff spot. ... Carolina has allowed a league-high 13 shorthanded goals. ... Tampa Bay's Brad Richards leads all rookies with 48 points. Carolina's Shane Willis was second with 38. Willis led all rookies with eight power play goals and was tied with Vancouver's Daniel Sedin with 18 overall. ... Hurricanes G Arturs Irbe was tied for fourth in the league with 29 victories. ... Lightning G Kevin Weekes is 2-2-1 in his past five games with a 1.80 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage. ... The Lightning is 13-14-3 at home. The Hurricanes are 12-14-5-3 on the road. ... Tampa Bay is 6-5-0-3 against the Southeast Division. Carolina is 8-3-4. ... This is the final meeting between the teams. Carolina is 3-1. ... The Hurricanes lead the series 21-10-5 and are 6-8-3 at Tampa. -- Compiled by Damian Cristodero.