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Blackhawks meet Lightning without Sharp

Chicago (31-15-8) at Tampa Bay (19-26-11), 7:30 pm EST

TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- The Chicago Blackhawks will be

without leading-scorer Patrick Sharp for the first time this

season when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.

Sharp is expected to miss two to three weeks after suffering a

lower body injury during Saturday's 6-2 victory over the Dallas


The 27-year-old center was injured just 39 seconds into the

contest after being checked by Dallas' Steve Ott. Sharp did not

put much weight on his left leg while retreating to the dressing


A five-year veteran, Sharp has recorded 23 goals and 15 assists

in 54 games this campaign.

The Lighting are in the midst of a six-game homestand. Tampa

Bay has posted a 2-2-0 record over that stretch with a visit

from the New Jersey Devils still remaining.

Rookie netminder Mike McKenna has started five consecutive games

for Tampa Bay, going 2-2-1 with a 2.67 goals-against average and

one shutout this season.

The 25-year-old was not impressive the last time out,

surrendering three goals in the first period before getting

pulled in Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Washington Capitals.



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