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Quick Strikes for Saturday, April 2

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"Unacceptable" Thursday, some notes regarding tonight for the opposition, Frozen Four information, NHL playoff predictions, and many more reads to start your Saturday.

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  • Addressing the state of affairs after Thursday's loss by the Lightning... The top - head coach Jon Cooper and captain Steven Stamkos - talk about the team fail. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • And Stammer said it himself after last night's game; the effort by the team was "unacceptable". [Tampa Tribune]
  • Lightning single-game playoff tickets go on sale starting Thursday, April 7. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Another action yesterday was the Bolts inking their 2015 4th round draft pick Jonne Tammale to an entry level contract. I'll let the guys at BP do the talking on this prospect. [Bolt Prospects]
  • Cory Schneider is expected to return to the lineup for the Devils tonight against the Lightning. Schneider had issues while out of action - like boredom. [Fire & Ice]
  • Oh, by the way? Line tweaks have played out for the Devils too. [Fire & Ice]
  • Congratulations to Syracuse Crunch team captain Mike Angelidis who was named the team's Man of the Year:

    You can find a written piece form the club here... [Syracuse Crunch]
  • With the season winding down, it's no surprise that the Crunch concluded a season long charity drive this week. []
  • Up for auction are a slew of game-worn jerseys used by Syracuse Crunch players throughout the season - prospects like Adam Erne, Matt Peca, Kristers Gudlevskis and Jonathan Drouin. [Syracuse Crunch]
  • With the 2016 NCAA Frozen Four at Amalie Arena, it's not a surprise to see events tied to the tournament finale popping up. Case in point - our SB Nation brethren, BC Interruption, is planning a little shindig next Friday. [BC Interruption]
  • Speaking of Frozen Four: The Quinnipiac Badgers are more reliable to Blueshirt Banter site manager Joe Fortunato than his Rangers... [Blueshirt Banter]
  • Speaking of the Frozen Four... Gambling odds! [SB Nation College Hockey]
  • A report that was referenced a few days ago in Quick Strikes came true: Tony Granato is taking over the Wisconsin Badgers hockey team. [Detroit News]
  • Internal communication of the NHL has become public. 297 documents can be had that are summarized in this piece from the Globe and Mail. For the sake of saying so, I haven't had a chance to review this piece nor those documents to see where and how the Lightning are referenced. [The Globe and Mail]
  • Duncan Keith has been suspended for 6 games, which will include a playoff game, for his latest incident. [Second City Hockey]
  • NHL season drawing to a close, NHL playoffs approaching... Too soon for prediction time? How about the Capitals falling to the Flyers in the first round? Yeah, someone's predicted that... [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
  • The tight NHL playoff race - it boosts the league but exposes the weak aspect of the league: broadcasting. [Winging it in Motown]
  • Though Rexall Place is drawing attention with its farewell, another venue in Alberta was having its closing moments on Friday night. The Stampede Corral has gained its final close-up, and this feature touches on its past. [Calgary Sun]
  • Another end is in sight: Fighting in the American Hockey League. [Today's Slapshot]
  • It's also worth noting fights are very down in the NHL this season, with less this season than in lockout-shortened seasons of the past. [Puck Daddy]
  • History is being made this season as it is the first time since 1970 - first time in 46 years - there will be no Canadian teams in the NHL playoffs. Don't panic though, Canada. [The Hockey News]
  • In Canadian juniors news, the Medicine Hat Tigers of junior hockey are having issues at Canada Centre... They've been told to vacate the building. [Today's Slapshot]