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Quick Strikes: Tampa Bay Lightning fans, support #BellLetsTalk today

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Tampa Bay Lightning v Carolina Hurricanes
Paul Ranger #54 of the Tampa Bay Lightning fires a slap shot during a NHL game against the Carolina Hurricanes on October 6, 2009 at RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images

The Bolts

Victor Hedman and Kikhail Sergachev made their respective returns last night, but it wasn’t enough to stop the good Winnipeg Jets roster (18-3-1 at home). [Raw Charge]

“he top line of Namestnikov-Stamkos-Kucherov was simply bad tonight. They received 7 offensive-zone starts and only 2 in the defensive zone. With that lopsided amount of easy ice, they were able to put up an utterly shameful shot share (Stamkos and Kucherov were out-shot 7-1 while they were together on the ice at 5v5). I’m no expert but that’s kind of bad.”

Erik Karlsson to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Let’s have a good, honest look at this shall we?

From @loserpoints: “If we accept the above to be true, then any Lightning trade would be to rent Karlsson for a season and a half. As appealing as that might be, it seems impossible that the price the Lightning would be willing to pay for a rental would be more than teams who could also extend him long term.” [Raw Charge]

Fanpost by ChiefsLightningTwins: “In conclusion, yes, Tampa Bay probably overpaid but at least they get something in return. They get a bona fide Top 3 offensive defenseman and possibly an upgrade offensively even giving up a forward for a defenseman. Yes, the Lightning will give $1.5 million in cap space this year and next year but the difference in talent between Johnson and Karlsson is greater than $1.5 million.” [Raw Charge]

It’s good to know that the Lightning love us, even when no one else will.

More from Hedman’s return to action after missing 19 days with a knee injury. [Tampa Bay Times]

“Hedman looked his usual self, skating a team-high 25 minutes over a team-high 26 shifts in the Lightning’s 3-1 loss to the Jets at the Bell MTS Place. He played on the power play and killed penalties. Some of that ice time was because defenseman Dan Girardi left the game for a time in the first period. The rest was because Hedman is Hedman.”

The Prospects

The ECHL Adirondack Thunder had themselves a pretty good week dropping only one point out of a possible six. [Raw Charge]

“Three games coming up for the Thunder, all within the North Division. On Tuesday, Adirondack closes out January—and their homestand—with a visit from Reading. Then, the Thunder start a 5 game road trip, and the month of February, in Worcester on Friday night, followed by Manchester on Saturday.”

After being traded to contenders, Libor Hajek and Taylor Raddysh both continue to light up their leagues. [NHL dot com]

RW Taylor Raddysh, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Drafted 58th overall (2nd Round) in 2016

Raddysh recorded five points in three games over the weekend (2g-3a) and has flourished in his start with the Soo, posting 14 points in the eight games he’s played with them so far. He was named Second Star with a goal and an assist in their win over Windsor on Friday.”

Beat Laval, beat Belleville, lost to Toronto. Not a bad week for the Syracuse Crunch. [Syracuse Crunch]

“Syracuse won two of three games in Week 17 to head into the All-Star Break with four out of a possible six points. The Crunch sit at 26-15-2-2, third in the North Division coming out of the All-Star Break with a 0.622 points percentage, four points behind second-place Rochester.”

You probably couldn’t stop the rookies from producing even if you tried.

The Game

January 31st is #BellLetsTalk day in support of mental health awareness and fund raising. Bell Canada is a major telecom company in the great white north and they will be donating $0.05 for every tweet with the hashtag, Facebook post/Instagram post/Snapchat snap with their filter, or if you watch their awareness video. [More info]

Relating back to hockey, TSN released the story of former Bolt Paul Ranger and his battle with mental illness. I highly recommend that you watch, it is a very powerful video.

Hart Trophy candidate Nathan MacKinnon injured his shoulder in last night’s Colorado Avalanche loss to the Vancouver Canucks and did not return to the ice. [USA Today]

The Vegas Golden Knights won once again. This particular win, their 33rd, ties the record for most wins by an expansion team in NHL history. It’s January. [CBC]

“In recording its 33rd win, Vegas ties both the 1993-94 Florida Panthers and 1993-94 Anaheim Mighty Ducks for the most wins in a season by a first-year expansion team. The Golden Knights still have 33 games remaining.”

”We’re a good team and we deserve a lot of the things that we’ve gotten,” said Haula. “We try to play hard night after night and we have one of the best goalies in the league.”

Highlight of the Night: I know that it was against Rasmus Ristolainen, Robin Lehner, and the Buffalo Sabres but this goal is still pretty slick. Man..Risto is really slow for a 23-year-old.