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Quick Strikes: Two more games in the homestand

Bolts welcome the West to Tampa.

Carolina Hurricanes v Tampa Bay Lightning Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images

ICYMI

Tampa Bay Lightning recall winger Adam Erne

New Year’s Resolutions for the Tampa Bay Lightning

The Bolts

Equipment manager gets in game at goalie for Hurricanes. "Carolina equipment manager Jorge Alves played the last 7.6 seconds of the Hurricanes' 3-1 loss Saturday night to the Tampa Bay Lightning after signing a professional tryout contract to be the backup goalie in place of Eddie Lack, who is ill." [Charlotte Observer]

Stamkos makes the top 10 hockey stories of the year. "3:57 p.m. ET: Tampa Bay Lightning announce Steven Stamkos had re-signed with them." [Winnipeg Sun]

What's Tuesday's esteemed opponent up to? Jets place Burmistrov on waivers. "Although he survived the trimming of the roster last week after the holiday freeze came to an end, Burmistrov was placed on waivers by the Jets on Sunday." [Winnipeg Sun]

Coach Cooper always likes it better when teams win before coming to Tampa. Lightning up next: Jets clobbered by Islanders. "'That effort level tonight out there wasn't acceptable and definitely (is) something that needs to be addressed,' Winnipeg's Mark Scheifele said. 'At the end of the day, that's what it is, it's hard work. Battling through adversity. Battling through all the stuff that goes on in a game.'" [Associated Press]

The League

12 changes the NHL should make in 2017. "It seems the best solution would be a 3-2-1 system. A team gets three points for a regulation win, two points for an OT or shootout win, one point for an OT or shootout loss, and zero points for a regulation loss." [Fox Sports]

Good: Anthony DeAngelo suspended 3 games for physical abuse of an official. "DeAngelo was a first round draft pick (19th overall) in 2014 for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bolts shipped him off to Arizona at the 2016 draft for a second round pick. In his first season with the Coyotes, he has nine points in 20 games." [Puck Daddy]

P.K. Subban of Predators placed on injured reserve. "Subban, acquired from the Montreal Canadiens on June 29 in a trade for longtime Nashville captain Shea Weber, hasn't played since Dec. 15. He will miss his eighth consecutive game when the Canadiens come to Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday." [NHL]

NHL ANNOUNCES THE FIRST 33 PLAYERS ON LIST OF 100 GREATEST OF ALL-TIME. "Ahead of Sunday’s game, the NHL unveiled the first 33 players on their list of the 100 greatest of all-time, all of whom came from the league’s first 50 years. The list includes absolutely legendary players such as Jean Beliveau, Ted Lindsay, Dickie Moore and Terry Sawchuk..." [Hockey News] And here's the first 33 list. [Puck Daddy]

NHL-For hockey fans nostalgia is dish best served cold. "What started as a one off novelty has become the league's regular season centrepiece, a New Year's day extravaganza that has become the NHL's signature event." [Reuters]

WJC

Anyone else totally torn that the Bolts prospects lost while Team USA won?

Magical masked men. "Fans often expect high-scoring games at the World Juniors. But some goalies have stolen the show with incredible outings against the world’s U20 best." [WJC2017]

Buffalo 2018 event to feature first WJC outdoor game. "USA Hockey and the Buffalo Sabres have teamed up to host the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship and it will be the first to feature an outdoor game." [WJC2017]

Fascinating staff facts. "Here are 10 fascinating facts about a staff member from each nation at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship." [WJC2017]

WJC preview coming out today on RC!