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Quick Strikes for Thursday, March 19

Some Tampa Bay Lightning news, fans helping make an NHLer's day, AHL affiliate switch for the Florida Panthers, junior hockey benefits - or lack thereof, playoffs, postseason NHL trophies, and California NHL rivalries in today's Quick Strikes.

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  • Just so you know, special teams play for the Tampa Bay Lightning isn't all awful. Just halfway awful. It's just as well that they're doing so well on the penalty kill with as many penalties as they like to take, though. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Mike Angelidis talks about his time with the Lightning, as well as with the Syracuse Crunch. Small world time: his dad is friends with Steven Stamkos's dad. Also, congratulations to him and his wife on their second baby.  [Tampa Bay Times]
  • The Florida Panthers have more going on than just goaltending drama. Really, they do. Case in point, they're switching their AHL affiliates from San Antonio, Texas, to Portland, Maine. [Litter Box Cats]
  • There's a hockey statistic for just about everything these days. In today's edition, someone is tracking wins and losses for individual uniforms with home, away, and third jerseyes each being a separate thing. The Lightning's blue home jerseys rank second so far this season in wins. []
  • Mike Green's favorite hockey sticks were discontinued a while ago, so some fans who had received that particular type of stick of his in various ways decided to give them back. Sort of nice seeing fans wanting to make their favorite player's day, isn't it? [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
  • It's looking like the Vancouver Canucks are shutting down goaltender Ryan Miller for the remainder of the season. Which means Eddie Lack has officially become the Canucks starter heading into playoffs. Just remember to keep on smiling, Eddie. [Canucks Army]
  • Believe it or not, there really are actual California rivalries going on - unlike in the state of Florida. Mostly it's between the Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks, but the Anaheim Ducks like to sling some mud at LA every now and then as well. [Anaheim Calling]
  • Someone is making the case for why Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley should win the Jack Adams Award for NHL head coach of the year. Do they realize that that trophy typically goes to the head coach of one of the top teams in the NHL? I mean, right or wrong, most voters for these types of things typically skim the top 5-10 teams in the standings and then make their decision based off that. [Hooked on Hockey Magazine]
  • There have been some serious scandals going on in junior hockey lately, and but this particular post addresses only one. Why aren't junior hockey players getting more money and their education benefits? Fans are wanting to know why they aren't getting their due. [Hockey in Society]