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Ten games left in the regular season.

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NHL: New York Rangers at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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The Bolts

Lightning needs big win total in final 10 games for playoff hope. "[T]he Lightning needs a winning finish to have a playoff shot, like going 8-2. And that would likely require two wins in Boston and one in Toronto." [Tampa Bay Times]

2014 NHL Draft: Anthony DeAngelo and what could have been. "Some of these players include Nick Schmaltz, Robby Fabbri, Kasperi Kapanen, David Pastrnak, Josh Ho-Sang, Ivan Barbashyov, and Christian Dvorak. Barbashyov and Dvorak both went in the second round, but one could imagine how much of an impact Robby Fabbri could have had on the Lightning’s 2015-16 playoff campaign. It’s nice to dream, isn’t it?" [Raw Charge]

Despite season-crippling loss, Lightning know vow they still have fight left in their game. ”There’s still a lot of games left,’’ defenseman Victor Hedman said. “We’re obviously disappointed with the result tonight, but we can’t lay down. We can’t fold. We’ve just got to refocus. We know we’re playing Boston twice. We know they lost tonight. Still opportunities left before us, but obviously we’ve got to straighten things out.’’ [Lightning Insider, subscription]

Lightning didn't truly join this season until it was over. "Ten games remain in this dreary Lightning season, but it didn't feel like it Tuesday night." [Tampa Bay Times]

New Syracuse Crunch captain starts building bonds by bowling over teammates. "Ultimately, though, if Condra turns out to be as good a captain as he is a hockey player and bowler, the whole Crunch team could be the a winner." [Syracuse.com]

The Game

USA Hockey adjusts World Championship training camp amid talks with women's team. “The players have gone too far at this point to blindly start training camp and play in the tournament,” agent Brant Feldman, who represents three current players on the women’s national team, told USA TODAY Sports. “It’s going to take a (finalized) agreement.” [USA today]

This guy. Alex Ovechkin to auction custom skates for charity. "Ovechkin will autograph the skates and they will be auctioned off, with all proceeds going to the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA), which was founded in 2005 to give those with physical and developmental disabilities the opportunity to play ice hockey." [NHL]

The top 1-2 draft class duos since 2000. 2008: Stamkos vs. Doughty. [ESPN Insider]

Going back to the Winter OIympics is inevitable for the league, NHLPA. " It began more than a year ago with IOC president Thomas Bach saying his governing body was no longer covering costs for the NHL players, as it had at past Olympics." [ESPN]

It's not favoritism: Sidney Crosby just doesn't deserve a suspension for spearing Ryan O'Reilly. With a headline like that... [ESPN]

Men of Quality: White Ribbon executive director speaks of partnership with Toronto Maple Leafs. "The Maple Leafs have joined White Ribbon in a long-term partnership with three goals. According to White Ribbon executive director Todd Minerson, the first of these goals is to raise awareness of issues relating to violence against women and the positive roles men can play in preventing it." [PPP]