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Quick Strikes for Friday, October 10

A potential downfall for hockey analytics, an excellent distinction for the Tampa Bay Lightning by NHL.com, and more in our Quick Strikes for October 10.

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  • Blogger Neil Paine discusses the ramifications of hockey's "Summer of Analytics," comparing it to when the NBA went through a similar phase of clubs hiring analytics gurus. [FiveThirtyEight]
  • Tampa Bay Lightning assistant GM Julien BriseBois participated in a live chat with fans of the Bolts and the Syracuse Crunch yesterday. Here is a full transcript. [Syracuse.com]
  • The first power rankings are out for the 2014-15 season, courtesy of NHL.com. The Lightning are being considered the "darlings of the East." [NHL]
  • There have been many predictions for the Stanley Cup champion leading up to opening day. This latest one picks the Chicago Blackhawks to win it all. [Two Pad Stack]
  • The 2015 World IIHF U18 World Championships heads to Switzerland -- the new website has officially launched, and the schedule is there to peruse. [IIHF]
  • Our friends over at Bolt Prospects have a season preview for Tampa Bay's top affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch. [Bolt Prospects]
  • Fantastic Florida Panthers blogger Paige Lewis says farewell; she will no longer be covering the Cats. [Panther Parkway]
  • The New York Rangers prized offseason addition on the blue line -- Dan Boyle -- broke his hand in his first game with the Blueshirts and will miss 4-6 weeks. [Blueshirt Banter]