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Quick Strikes for Saturday, October 17

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Hedman's status, some fan-asked questions about the Bolts, Claude Julien on the hot seat, Michel Therrin dump-and-chasing to success (and frustrating by way of it).

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Brayden Point's flying high in the WHL.
Brayden Point's flying high in the WHL.
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  • Victor Hedman's status is "doubtful" for tonight's game against the Buffalo Sabres. [NHL.com]
  • Mailbag time: Fans want to know about what Jonathan Drouin will do this season and just when goalie Kevin Poulin will see playing time.[TBO]
  • The fight against Breast Cancer will be part of Saturday's Lightning game against the Buffalo Sabres. When you see pink around the building, know it's for a good cause and is via Florida Hospital and the Lightning organization. [PR Web]
  • Syracuse Crunch netminder Kristers Gudlevskis real new goalie mask. [Syracuse.com]
  • What about the Yak-man's backup, Adam Wilcox? What's the design of his new goalie mask art? [Syracuse.com]
  • While the Bolts got burned by the Stars on Thursday night, a Bolt prospect was flying high - Brayden Point took over the WHL's scoring lead in Moose Jaw's 10-2 victory over the Calgary Hitmen. Here's a recap of the game. [JuniorHockey.com]
  • The Lightning is a well assembled team, put together by a master. Between that and the approaching release of the new Star Wars film, we remind you that The Force is strong with this one. Yzerman is Jedi. [Raw Charge Store]
  • Former Crunch defenseman Eric Neilson has signed a 25-game tryout contract with the St. John IceCaps. [Syracuse.com]
  • TSN personality and writer James Duthie participated in an Ask Me Anything session over at Reddit's hokey subreddit. Just what has this young NHL season inspired fans to ask about? And what degree of it wasn't about hockey at all? [Reddit]
  • The Florida Panthers torched the Philadelphia Flyers 7-1 last weekend, but there was a factor off-ice that contributed to the loss, or so says goalie Steve Mason who admits being affected by personal issues. [Broad Street Hockey]
  • A new building, a new policy for the pregame skate: you've got to pay extra to watch the New York Islanders up close before a game. That kills connections and anecdotes between players and fans. [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • ...but the Isles have a solid relationship with the boards at Barclays Center going for them, which is nice. [NYI Point Blank]
  • The Montreal Canadiens early success is something Habs fans would be more satisfied with if the dump-and-chase wasn't part of the way to wins. [All Habs]
  • Peter Chiarelli was ousted in Boston after last season, but coach Claude Julien was retained. That'll likely change with thanks to new management's choices and the clubs performance so far this season. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]
  • Speaking of Chiarelli, his Edmonton Oilers are linked to speculation and rumors and all that tied to the big names reportedly on the market. [Spector's Hockey]
  • Seeing some Tampa Bay fans in panic mode over two straight losses made this article more than fitting: How bad is losing three games to start the season, really? [Jewels from the Crown]
  • Last weekend it was the NWHL starting its season of professional women's hockey. This weekend, it's the CWHL. Here's a preview. [Watch This]