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Quick Strikes for Saturday, December 6

The Lightning rises in another NHL power ranking, potential for an “ugly” game tonight and a two-part series on why the Rangers let go of Anton Stralman in favor of Dan Girardi and Dan Boyle.

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  • The Tampa Bay Lightning is inching closer to the top spot on the NHL.com power rankings. One thing helping them get there is a wealth of young players in the system. [NHL.com]
  • You probably saw, but the Lightning and the Sabres had a rather entertaining match on Thursday evening, combining for 110 penalty minutes. Here are the highlights, in case you wanted to see it again. [The Hockey News]
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets realize - after a win against the Florida Panthers in which Sergei Bobrovsky made 52 saves - that they cannot sustain such play. The Jackets play the Lightning tonight and Nick Foligno said if they continue to play like they did on Thursday, "it will be ugly." [The Columbus Dispatch]
  • The New York Rangers decided to keep Dan Girardi over Anton Stralman, who is now flourishing in Tampa (thanks, New York!). But why would they do that? Here is a two-part series that aims to answer the question. [Blue Seat BlogsPart Two]
  • Have you browsed the shirt offerings at the Raw Charge Store? [Gameday Depot]
  • We are over a quarter of the way through the NHL season, so teams have been able to assess their strengths and weaknesses. Thre teams that stand out as needing a trade the most includie two powerhouses of the East. [CBS Sports]
  • The Washington Capitals organization recently refurbished a street hockey rink in Washington, D.C., as part of the NHL's Legacy Initiative. [WUSA9]
  • The Springfield Falcons of the AHL have won 10 straight, setting a new franchise record in the process. [Springfield Falcons]
  • This is a really fascinating article about cultural differences and how they affect just about everything, let alone sports journalism. [Hockey Without Propriety]