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Quick Strikes for Friday, January 23

The Bolts face a tough test after the All-Star break, Jeff Vinik has plans for downtown Tampa, but it has no name, a recap on the ECHL All-Star Game, and more.

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  • The Bolts better rest up during the All-Star break because they will face a tough test during the last half of the season. A majority of the remaining games will be on the road, which means the Lightning will have to improve upon its 11-10-3 road record. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Lightning owner Jeff Vinik unveiled his big plans for the downtown area last month, but he still hasn't come up with a name for the project. He may ask the public for input. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Winging it in Motown looks at the prospect of the Detroit Red Wings winning the Atlantic Division, but the Bolts may present a big challenge that keeps the Wings from accomplishing it. [Winging it in Motown]
  • The ECHL All-Star Game was held Wednesday in Orlando. Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier got the first goal for the All-Stars, who played the host team, the Orlando Solar Bears. [Bolt Prospects]
  • Several NHLers bowed out of the NHL All-Star Game yesterday. Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Erik Johnson and Sergei Bobrovsky have all dropped out of the game to be held in Columbus this weekend. [Pensburgh]
  • If you are a parent headed to the All-Star Game at Nationwide Arena, the league instituted a policy change that may affect you and your children. [The Cannon]
  • The Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche will finally host an outdoor hockey game next year as part of the NHL's Stadium Series. The Avalanche is expected to play the Detroit Red Wings and the Wild will play the Chicago Blackhawks. [Sports Illustrated]
  • The San Jose Sharks honored rock legends Metallica by making hockey sweaters stylized with Metallica's distinguishable font and logo. [Puck Daddy]