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Quick Strikes for Saturday, December 13

Home/road splits, the future of the NHL salary cap, analytics and beauty in hockey and more in your Saturday links.

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  • If it seems like the Tampa Bay Lightning have played a lot of home games to start the season, well, that's because they have. They're among the NHL teams who have played the most [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • The salary cap should rise to somewhere around $73 million dollars next year, which is a more modest raise than some expected (due to the state of the Canadian dollar). That should free up some cap space for the Lightning, who have been a cap team under owner Jeff Vinik. Re-signing Steven Stamkos still looms large. [Grantland]
  • Vinikville grew a few more sizes. [Tampa Bay Business Journal]
  • Not connected to Vinik, or the Lightning directly, but no; the Tampa Bay Rays are not moving to Montreal. [Forbes]
  • While the Tampa Bay Lightning have drawn praise for the enormous video board at Amalie Arena, some NHL teams are using an even bigger "screen". [Wired]
  • The Syracuse Crunch had their annual teddy bear toss at War Memorial last night!... [Syracuse.com]
  • ...and the team tossed the Hershey Bears for good measure too! The team has won five-in-a-row now! [Bolt Prospects]
  • Will analytics take the beauty out of ice hockey? [The Guardian]
  • The NHL mumps epidemic may be going real high... Sidney Crosby high. He's being tested for the disease that's popping up throughout the league. [SB Nation]
  • Former Lightning prospect come NHL journeyman Cory Conacher has been placed on waivers by the New York Islanders. Dont expect a waiver claim by the forward-depth-filled Lightning. [NYI Point Blank]
  • Slightly off-topic, but fellow SBN blog Broad Street Hockey is looking for help. Maybe you could write a scorching hot Vincent Lecavalier take for them. [Broad Street Hockey]