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Quick Strikes for Thursday, October 8

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Welcome back, NHL hockey! We've missed you - though the Quick Strikes haven't been missing. Here they are for Thursday, October 8.

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  • Welcome back hockey!!
  • Attempting to predict the season, the Lightning and Ducks are looking good. [Sporting News]
  • The Lightning are motivated to build on last year's success. [Fox Sports]
  • If you haven't seen it yet, make sure you check out Ben Bishop 's new mask. [InGoal Mag]
  • Not tired of season previews quite yet, I hope! Here's another on the Bolts. [Hooked on Hockey]
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning will host a free "Girls Try Hockey' day on Saturday, October 10. The event will feature clinics for beginner and advanced players, ages 6-17, as well as one for adults. There will also be a sled hockey open practice for men and women of all ages. [WFLA]
  • Tampa Bay Rays players get the chance to lace up the skates and try hockey. [The Tampa Tribune]
  • 628 AHL alumni are on the NHL opening rosters. [AHL.com]
  • Brayden Holtby, potential Vezina winner? Why not. In fact, that's the prediction. [InGoal Mag]
  • After losing Jack Eichel to the NHL, BU Hockey is ready to move on. [Boston Globe]
  • In an effort to accommodate 19-year old centrer Jared McCann by flanking him with top 9 wingers, while Adam Cracknell centered the fourth line, the Canucks coaching staff moved career centre Brandon Sutter to right wing. On the top line. With the Sedins. The results were... Not good. [Canucks Army]
  • With hockey back, here are five things you need to know in preparation of the 2015-2016 season. [Syracuse.com]
  • Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey advice for the opening of the NHL season [Yahoo Sports]
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin spent his birthday yesterday playing hockey with NHL stars against his defense minister [US News]
  • Breaking down 48 of the best hockey players on Wall Street (slideshow) [Business Insider]
  • The super fans formerly known as the Brouwer Rangers are now TJ Yoshie. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]