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Tonight: Lightning vs. Sabres

By KEVIN KELLY

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 1, 2001


WHEN/WHERE: 6; Ice Palace, Tampa.

WHEN/WHERE: 6; Ice Palace, Tampa.

TV/RADIO: Sunshine; WDAE-AM 620.

THE LOWDOWN: This is the fourth and final meeting between the teams this season. Buffalo holds a 2-1 advantage and is 21-10-2 all-time against Tampa Bay. ... C Stu Barnes has three goals against the Lightning this season; LW Dave Andreychuk, RW Miroslav Satan and C Doug Gilmour each have two. Satan has four goals in his past four games. ... The Sabres, 7-3-0 in their past 10 games, clinched a playoff spot with a 4-0 win against Atlanta on Friday. ... G Dominik Hasek stopped 30 shots against Atlanta -- his 11th shutout of the season -- and is 4-1-0 with two goals against in his past five. With 56 career shutouts, he is one shy of Dallas' Ed Belfour for most among active goaltenders. ... Buffalo has allowed a league-low 173 goals and leads the league in penalty killing (87.7 percent). ... Denis Hamel (knee) is out, and Richard Smehlik (bruised ribs) is day to day. ... The Lightning ended a four-game losing streak with a 4-2 win against Florida on Friday. ... Lightning coach John Tortorella will decide on a starting goaltender this morning. ... The Lightning is 0-for-10 on the power play against the Sabres this season. ... In the past four games, LW Fredrik Modin has two goals and two assists and RW Ben Clymer has three goals and one assist. RW Nils Ekman has two goals in his past two games. ... Tampa Bay is 19-29-5-3 against Eastern Conference opponents this season.

-- Compiled by Kevin Kelly.

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