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Quick Strikes for Thursday, October 30

Jonathan Marchessault looks to make an impact with the Syracuse Crunch, Nikita Kucherov is making waves, the Columbus Blue Jackets injury problem and more in your Friday links.

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  • Jonathan Marchessault is back in Syracuse following his brief stint with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and looking to make an impact for the Crunch. [Bolt Prospects]
  • Not sure what to say about this Nikita Kucherov feature; anyone who watched the Lightning closely last year knows Kucherov was always generating scoring chances, but was plagued by some poor finishing luck. Pucks are going in now. It's that simple. [Puck Daddy]
  • World Series predictions from the Tampa Bay Lightning. (Who was right? Who was wrong?) [Tampa Bay Lightning]
  • Oh, did you think the Tampa Bay Lightning had injury issues? Have you checked the Columbus Blue Jackets roster lately? [The Columbus Dispatch]
  • The Syracuse Crunch had a pumpkin-carving contest. [YouTube]
  • This might be the worst call by an NHL official ... ever? [SB Nation]
  • The Buffalo Sabres are on an historic pace of bad. [TSN]
  • Do good Fenwick (puck possession) numbers translate to success in the playoffs? Yes, yes they do. [Hockey Graphs]
  • Every year there are teenagers in the NHL too talented to remain in their junior league but not yet eligible for the AHL due to their age. Craig Button argues, as others before have (including Steve Yzerman) that 19-year olds with three junior seasons under their belt should have AHL eligibility. [TSN]