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Quick Strikes for Thursday, August 29

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For your Thursday Quick Strikes, we look at new fancy stats, some commentary on what is wrong with the reports of an NHL expansion, and why the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is personal for Brian Boyle and Rick Bowness.

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  • For all you fans of fancy stats, here is some pretty ground-breaking material regarding teams' zone entries. It may end up being an indicator of what teams are able to secure a playoff berth. [HockeyAnalysis.com]
  • Cristiano DiGiacinto, a 2014 draftee of the Tampa Bay Lightning, has an important role as a mentor for some of the younger talent on the Windsor Spitfires' roster. [Windsor Star]
  • Tomas Kaberle is trying to make it back into the National Hockey League after playing in the Czech Republic for a year. He still wonders what went wrong after being cut from the Montreal Canadiens' roster in 2013. [Sportsnet]
  • Kaberle and Scott Gomez are both in talks with the New Jersey Devils to participate in training camp under a tryout. [Fire and Ice]
  • As rumors continue to swirl about the possibility of an NHL expansion, Bill Schoeninger discusses what is wrong with the reports that have come out in recent days. [The Hockey Writers]
  • The 1980s saw offensive records being shattered in the National Hockey League. Some of those records still stand today. (We're looking at you, Wayne Gretzky.) What made the 1980s such a crazy time in the NHL? [Down Goes Brown]
  • Many celebrities and athletes, including much of the Tampa Bay Lightning roster, have participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. But for associate coach Rick Bowness and newly acquired forward Brian Boyle, it is personal. [Tampa Tribune]