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Quick Strikes for Friday, January 9th

News and notes on today's opponent, the Buffalo Sabres, updates from Columbus on the forthcoming All-Star game, and prospect Anthony DeAngelo traded in the OHL in your Friday morning links.

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  • The Tampa Bay Lightning will face the Buffalo Sabres today, which means they will face Latvian folk hero Zemgus Girgensons. (Make sure you check the comments section for the translated lyrics. Trust me here.) [Die by the Blade]
  • Girgensons was also recently a guest on ESPN's Hockey Today podcast. [ESPN]
  • As the NHL All-Star game draws nearer, a question remains -- who will 'captain' the side for the host team, Columbus? [Puck Rakers]
  • Speaking of which, looking for a guide to Columbus and the All-Star festivities? Look no further. [The Cannon]
  • With the doors of Cap Geek closed, where do you go now to check on player salaries and contract expirations? You go here. [NHL Numbers]
  • Call them divers or savvy penalty-drawers; either way, no Bolts on this list. [Puck Daddy]
  • Bid on a warmup Syracuse Crunch jersey from the Frozen Dome Classic and support the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York. [Syracuse Crunch]
  • "There's not a player that wasn't on our roster other than Anthony DeAngelo that you could put on the back end to play on the power play that fits in perfectly." [Soo Today]
  • Former NHL player and father of Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise, J.PP. Parise, passed away. The elder Parise had played for the New York Islanders and Lighthouse Hockey paid tribute to him yesterday. [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • Roberto Luongo returned to the Pacific Northwest last night and defeated his former club, the Vancouger Canucks. With the victory, the Florida Panthers continue their wild card hunt in the Atlantic Division. [NHL.com]