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Tuesday, February 17th (All times eastern)

Chicago Blackhawks (31-15-8) at Tampa Bay Lightning (19-26-11), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Chicago Blackhawks will aim for their sixth win in eight games when they visit the struggling Tampa Bay Lightning for an interconference battle at St. Pete Times Forum.

The Blackhawks, who are fourth in the Western Conference with 70 points this season, won for the fifth time in seven outings by recording a blowout victory this past Saturday in Dallas.

Martin Havlat scored twice and added an assist as the Blackhawks downed the Stars, 6-2, at the United Center.

Jonathan Toews had a goal and two assists while Troy Brouwer added a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who had dropped two of three coming into the game. Cristobal Huet made 16 saves in the win.

The victory came at a cost as centerman Patrick Sharp suffered a left knee injury and is expected to miss at least the next two-to-three weeks. Sharp is leading the Blackhawks with 23 goals this season.

Chicago is 16-11-3 as the visiting team this year, but has lost two of its last three on the road. The Blackhawks are beginning a three-game road trip tonight and will also make stops at Florida and Dallas on the swing.

The 'Hawks haven't played much hockey in Chicago lately, as Saturday's win over Dallas was the team's first home test after a season-high eight-game road trip.

The Lightning, who are third from the bottom in the East standings, have lost two of three and six of their last eight contests. The Bolts also played their last game on Saturday and were torched by the visiting Washington Capitals, 5-1.

Alexander Semin notched a goal and two assists to help lead the Capitals to the 5-1 win at St. Pete Times Forum and Washington defenseman Mike Green set an NHL record for blueliners by scoring in his eighth straight game.

Ryan Malone scored the lone goal for the Lightning. Mike McKenna started the game in net, but was pulled after the first period as he allowed three goals on 12 shots. Karri Ramo finished the game between the pipes and allowed two goals on 20 shots.

The Lightning are playing the fifth test of a six-game homestand that is scheduled to end Thursday against New Jersey. Tampa is 2-2 on the residency so far and is just 10-11-7 as the host this season.

Chicago posted a 5-1 home win over the Bolts on November 28 of last year to end a two-game losing streak in the series. The Lightning earned a shootout decision the last time the clubs met in Tampa on December 2, 2005.

02/17 10:59:49 ET

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