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Quick Strikes for Saturday, October 31

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On the day things go bump in the night, we give you features, injury news, business in TB and LI, and Halloween type content.

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  • "If we were like the NFL and had a 16-game season, I'd be worried," [Jon] Cooper said after the loss to the Avalanche. "But it's an 82-game season, so I'm not worried. You watch that hockey game, we played hard. Everything we asked the guys to do, they did." [NBC Sports]
  • Given the day you're reading this and what is part of it, a write up playing on it is appropriate. [Lightning Shout]
  • While we're at it, an inquisition! What are the favorite candies of Bolts plaerye???


  • When habits are brought up in the middle of a rough stretch for a sports team, it's usually bad habits emphasized in media conversations between coaches and the media. Jon Cooper made note of good habits he's seeing from his frustrated team. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • It's time to update your Tampa Bay Lightning app on your phone because the Tampa Bay Lightning app has been updated. [Tampa Bay Lightning]
  • For the second time this week, Andrei Vasilevskiy has helped the Syracuse Crunch victor, this time helping defeat the Hershey Bears 4-1. [Bolt Prospects]
  • And the prospect of the week designation for the Lightning organization goes to.... [Bolt Prospects]
  • Off the subject of hockey but on the subject of the most crucial player in the Lightning's fortunes - owner Jeff Vinik - comes this feature on the Innovation Alliance and Vinik's redevelopment planning for downtown Tampa. [Tampa Bay Business Journal]
  • Speaking of real estate, Nassau Coliseum is a vacant property in Uniondale, New York, now that the Isles have moved within the five boroughs of New York City... And their current landlord at Barclays Center is going to buy the building? [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • Perhaps you heard Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella was accused of telling forward Ryan Johansen he was out of shape last week. Johansen confirmed that did happen but also brought up the fact someone in Columbus broke the code of the locker room - what goes on in there stays in there and is between the players and coach. [Sportsnet]
  • The Fountain of Youth given to aging stars in South Florida in two sports. In relevance to hockey fans,  Jaromir Jagr has helped raise up the Panthers. [Sports World News]
  • Dirty hit debate! Matt Larkin at The Hockey News asks and remarks about Shawn Horcoff are hit on Vladimir Tarasenko. [The Hockey News]
  • Speaking of dirty, perhaps it's an overdone stereotype that Nickelback isn't acceptable. Now what do you think when Nickelback is played for an entire period deep in the heart of Texas? [SB Nation]
  • While the league fixates on Steven Stamkos being a pending unrestricted free agent, the NHL is neglecting someone: Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar. Kopitar is also a pending free agent and... Well, Darren Dreger says he ain't happy regarding negotiation progress. [TSN]
  • Vincent Lecavalier: 2 games played, 0 goals, 1 assist. 7:07 average of ice time. Save Vinny! Free Vinny! [Gameday Depot]
  • NHL power rankings from a partial source (an Islander's gotta do what and Islander's got to do). [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • Speaking of partial - that's Glen Sather and the trade of goalie Cam Talbot to the Edmonton Oilers. He wanted to help his old club. [The Copper & Blue]
  • Brandon Prust, Ben Bishop's buddy (said dryly, flatly, and meant sarcastically), will be out for a more than a month. [Canucks Army]
  • This seems to happen every season or every other season: some scumbag does just that for the glory of getting a handout while robbing a fan. In this instance it's a little kid robbed of a puck give-out by former Pens head coach Dan Bylsma (now with the Buffalo Sabres). [NJ.com]
  • Grantland is kaput! And that means Katie Baker and Down Goes Brown are free agents. [ESPN]
  • For you Reddit people, a heads up: Greg Wyshynski and Tie Domi will both be having hockey related Ask Me Anything sessions on Monday. [Reddit]
  • Was that a robbery? Yeah. Did the kid get the puck in the end? Indeed. Did the social sphere react to the whole incident? You bet your ass. [Twitter]
  • Service dog. Hockey player. Perhaps you'd expect to see those two together specifically for a sled hockey player or a general amateur playing with a disability? Try Max Domi of the Arizona Coyotes. It's part of managing his Type-1 Diabetes. [AZ Central]
  • Jamie Benn won the Stars game Thursday night in overtime and gave a celebration with a story behind it. [The Hockey News]
  • Hockey is important to Canada's money. So important they're getting goalies to mind their coins. [World Mint News]
  • The Team USA roster for the Deutschland Cup has been announced. Former Tampa Bay Lightning player Matt Gilroy is on it. [USA Hockey]