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Quick Strikes for Tuesday, September 29

Hockeyville, history (in more ways than one) and crease conundrums (it's not just in Tampa).

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  • Ben Bishop would like to remind you he's healthy and he's ready to go back to workhorse duty as goalie. Side note: Joe Smith labeling Kevin Poulin "unproven" isn't entirely accurate; the guy has 50 starts in the NHL. Not huge numbers but not to be brushed off. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • The roster cut-down for Tampa Bay was Sunday, it's only appropriate we link over to Bolt Prospects for their coverage of the roster reduction.[Bolt Prospects]
  • J.T. Brown gets his feature analysis. [Along the Boards]
  • Being autumn now, that means it's also corn-maze time, and a big one in a Lightning theme is up in Hernando County. [Fox 13]
  • Johnstown, Pa... The famous center point for the film "Slap Shot" and declared Hockeyville, USA. That's where Bob Costas, the NBC Sports Net crew and your Tampa Bay Lightning will be. Yes, everyone, the game is televised. [USA Today]
  • Not from an official, team-tied blog but it's still relevant when you want some insight on an opponent before a game: What the 2015 NHL preseason is saying about the Pittsburgh Penguins. [Hooked on Hockey Magazine]
  • Goalie mask. Lightning alumni. Spoon! I'll say no more... [InGoal Magazine]
  • Tonight is an event in Johnstown, Pa. with Hockeyville... Last night was an event game of its own in Quebec City. The competition probably pales compared to how the city responds to having an NHL game (an exhibition, at least) back in the city limits. [TSN]
  • It is Cam Talbot's crease in Edmonton, and KHL signee Anders Nilsson is making it confusing just who the backup will be, him or Ben Scrivens? [Edmonton Journal]
  • Mon Dieu! Français employés sur un maillot de LNH! [Twitter]
  • The Coloured League of the Maritimes, the hockey league you don't know about, but the rules of the game that they helped get accepted into the sport, you do. A piece of history to explore for hockey and sports fans. [Hockey in Society]
  • When hockey fans discuss "non-traditional market", it's usually pointing at the southern US. How about Japan? A non-traditionalist, Yushiro Hirano, is hoping his final destination is the NHL. [Color of Hockey]
  • If you're a fantasy hockey player, it's that time of year and you're prepping for the draft. Here's a rundown of sleepers you might find available (and worthy of selection). [CBS Sports]
  • The Topeka Roadrunners play in the NAHL, but after fans and politicians worked hard to keep the team in town, attendance is waning to start the season. [Topeka Capital Journal]
  • Liam Maguire, NHL historian and trivia expert, did an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit yesterday. View where the conversation went in comments. [Reddit /r/hockey]