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Quick Strikes: Bolts head to Sweden

Luke Witkowski is placed on waivers.

NHL: OCT 12 Lightning at Senators Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Lightning

As you might know, there will be no games for the Tampa Bay Lightning until next Friday. The team is going to Stockholm to play two games against the Buffalo Sabres. The Lightning flew to Sweden last night.

The Lightning placed player Luke Witkowski on waivers for the purpose of assignment to Syracuse. Witkowski played 12 games for the Lightning, mostly on the fourth line, and recorded one goal and two assists. [Raw Charge]

This move shouldn’t be much of a surprise. While Witkowski did bring some nice flexibility to the roster by being able to play forward and defense, he was not exactly getting the job done on the ice. While he has recorded a goal and two assists, he has been near or at the bottom of the possession statistics for the whole season among the entirety of the Lightning roster. He has also been at the bottom in terms of TOI per game at 8:48.

Kevin Shattenkirk has named player of the month by the Lightning fans.

The Crunch

The Syracuse Crunch have won the second game of the weekend in a row. The Binghamton Devils have been beaten 3-2. Chris Mueller, Alex Barre-Boulet and Otto Somppi each scored a goal. Louis Domingue made his debut for the Devils and allowed three power-play goals.

Forwards Mikhail Shalagin and Peter Abbandonato are heading to the Solar Bears, where they can play top minutes.

Daniel Walcott talked about his condition after scoring a goal against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Friday night.

Nolan Valleau played his 200th game in the AHL.

The Game

The Nashville Predators revealed their jerseys for WInter Classic game against the Dallas Stars.

It’s a homage to the Nashville Dixie Flyers, the minor league team which played in the Eastern Hockey League in 1960s.

The Stars have also shared a sneak peek of their jersey.

List of movies which feature women’s hockey!

A story about Luke Beamish’s retirement from hockey due to concussions.

Auston Matthews unsuccessfully tried a Kucherov move against the Philadelphia Flyers.

David Pastrnak scored his 13th goals of the season and now leads the NHL in points.

The Buffalo Sabres have been shut down by the New York Islanders before leaving to Sweden.

Scott Sabourin went unconscious after a collide with Davis Backes. He was transported to local hospital.

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