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Quick Strikes for Saturday, January 3

A new line is contributing in a big way to the success of the Lightning, some talk about Thursday’s Winter Classic, and more.

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  • Lightning captain Steven Stamkos has fallen into a little bit of a slump While he has been offensively in past years, it is the line of Nikita Kucherov, Tyler Johnson, and Ondrej Palat that has been contributing to the Bolts' success this season. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • The Lightning came in at 2nd on NHL.com's Super 16 ranking this week. This week's list also allows readers to relive memories from 2014. [NHL.com]
  • Goalie Ways has shared a list of Top 5 Overachieving NHL Players for the 2014-15 season. Two Bolts players made it on there. [Goalie Ways]
  • There are some fantastic pictures in here from the 2015 Winter Classic. Take a look. [Sports Illustrated]
  • But despite all the fanfare surrounding this year's Winter Classic, held in the nation's capital, the outdoor game posted the lowest TV ratings in its history. [Puck Daddy]
  • The 2015 Stadium Series match in Santa Clara still forthcoming, so we're not done with outdoor games yet this season. Yet Denver, Colorado is due to host an outdoor game in 2016 and it's not too early to begin speculation about who the Colorado Avalanche will face. [Mile High Hockey]
  • This column seeks to answer why good goalies suddenly have terrible seasons, with Kari Lehtonen of the Dallas Stars as an example. [Puck Daddy]
  • Cedrick Desjardins out in Hartford, Yann Danis is in to replace him. [Hartford Wolf Pack]