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Quick Strikes for Wednesday, February 4

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Trade targets on defense, a stat that makes the Lightning Stanley Cup favorites, and Ryan Malone is done.

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  • The Bolts aren't achieving victories through special teams but at even strength. That 5v5 dominance has been an influencing factor when it comes to projections of Tampa Bay having a date with Lord Stanley's Cup. [Hockey Prospectus]
  • The Syracuse Crunch sit on top of the AHL's Eastern Conference, but injuries are mounting (note that, Lightning fans... That's injuries to organizational depth) and challenges are growing by way of it. [Syracuse.com]
  • Meta note: Raw Charge has social network representation on Facebook and Twitter as well as Google Plus. We've done an okay job promoting the two formers, we're trying to ramp up promotion of the latter for you Plus users. [Google+]
  • A player missing from the St. Louis Blues lineup last night was defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who has a serious abdominal injury that requires surgery. The blow disrupts a season where Shattenkirk has put in a Norris Trophy worthy effort for the Blues. [Frozen Notes]
  • The white flag is up among some Maple Leafs fans in a sense far grander than simply saying buh-bye to the 2014-15 season. It's time start over and rebuild. [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • Former Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ryan Malone, who signed with the New York Rangers before training camp, looks to be at the end of his hockey career. He's been placed on unconditional waivers by the Rangers organization. He'd been playing with the Hartford Wolf Pack after passing through waivers earlier this season. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • While this is written with the Columbus Blue Jackets in mind, it's a pretty good list of some of the big names that are on the trade market on defense whom the Lightning could also ultimately end up looking in to. [BS Hockey]
  • The Calgary Flames are on the bubble in a tight Western Conference, being pushed out and pushed into playoff slots on a nightly basis... In general it looks like the post-season will be part of the spring once again in Calgary (and for good reason). [Flames Nation]
  • Every team is a contender! Every team is a pretender! In all of three words, every team is summarized as why they'll vie for the Cup or don't have a chance. [Winging it in Motown]
  • By now you know the American Hockey League is heading west and creating a new division of these California teams. Great, now what do you call some of those clubs? [Mayor's Manor]
  • Carter Hutton made one hell of a save last night in the Nashvilel Predators/Toronto game [Gifycat]