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Quick Strikes for Tuesday, April 12th

Hockey news and links and a coffee poll because reasons.

Scott Thomas
  • A match-up of...uh...interesting proportions? The "slumping" Detroit Red Wings and the "banged-up" Tampa Bay Lightning are (sort of?) ready for a first-round rematch. [Today's Slap Shot]
  • Tampa Bay's breakouts vs. Detroit's forecheck. [Winging it Motown]
  • Speaking of round one, Lightning and Red Wings fans better be prepared for a repeat of old story lines, among other things. (Did you know the affiliates of these two teams faced off in the AHL Calder Cup Final in 2013? You did? Oh.) [Sports Talk Florida]
  • Chad from Bolt Prospects also previewed the upcoming battle via a podcast out of Detroit. [Hockeytown Buzz]
  • Beat writer Lindsay Kramer has a rather bleak take on the Syracuse Crunch's lack of a post season yet again. []
  • Lightning prospect Jonne Tammela has joined the Crunch, and will hopefully get into a game or two this weekend. [Bolt Prospects]
  • Syracuse is a little banged up at the moment:
  • Want to own a part of Lightning prospect history? The Crunch's gameworn jersey auction is going on now! [Syracuse Crunch]
  • Looking to build up your Crunch merch before next season? The AHL Store is offering a sale:
  • The AHL playoff race heads into final week...without Syracuse (in fact, they're not even mentioned). [Today's Slap Shot]
  • The Crunch is stuck in slot 20 in this week's AHL playoff rankings with three games to go. [Chirps from Center Ice]
  • Where might all 16 NHL playoff teams rank? [CBS Sports]
  • Patrick Kane, Alex Ovechkin, Frederik Andersen and John Gibson have all captured 2015-16 regular-season trophies. [The Pink Puck]
  • Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien isn't to blame for Boston missing the playoffs. [The Hockey News]
  • The Winnipeg Jets have signed prospect Kyle Connor. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
  • The Arizona Coyotes are betting everything on Dave Tippett. [Five for Howling]
  • The New York Yankees and the Tampa Sports Authority have agreed to a $40 million renovation of Steinbrenner Field. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • The City of Tampa was "a smashing success" hosting the Frozen Four this past weekend. [BC Interruption]
  • The recently-crowned national champion University of North Dakota men’s hockey team was ranked No. 1 in the final installments of both national polls released on Monday afternoon. [University of North Dakota]
  • The NWHL has released a promo for the documentary they're producing: