Quick Strikes for Saturday, August 30

In this Saturday edition of Quick Strikes, we look at a new core of Lightning players who will lead the team throughout the season, why the NHL expansion might actually be a good idea, and why a group of kids got in trouble for playing street hockey in Canada.Follow @dbaldwin1215

  • Over the past few days, you have seen articles about why NHL expansion wouldn't work and why the rumors probably weren't true. Well, Ryan Lambert of Puck Daddy explains why it is a really good idea. [Puck Daddy]
  • Professional wrestling writer Greg Oliver and freelancer Richard Kamchen have teamed up to write a book about hockey enforcers throughout history. The two talked about the making of Don't Call Me Goon. [HockeyFights.com]
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning have been considered one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference after the roster moves made during the summer by General Manager Steve Yzerman. Now, with the roster set, the Bolts have a new core, led by Steven Stamkos, to help their charge toward the playoffs. [CBS Sports]
  • Though Ben Bishop is currently the uncontested number one goaltender for the Lightning, this guy is quickly adjusting to life in North America and will probably be guarding the Bolts' net very soon. [Tampa Bay Lightning]
  • A panel of hockey bloggers recently participated in a roundtable discussion of the importance and of some misconceptions about advanced statistics, as well as the changing landscape of advanced statistic supporters among NHL teams. [Hybrid Stance]
  • A group of kids got in trouble Wednesday while playing hockey in the streets of Canada, which is apparently against the law. A neighbor heard the noise from the game and called the police. [The Hockey News]
  • This is the final weekend to vote in Creative Loafing's 2014 Best of the Bay poll. You're able to vote for the best in a multitude of categoires including best player on the Lightning and best local pro sports team. [Creative Loafing Tampa]

For Tampa Bay area amateur hockey players: Which local ice facility do you like best?

Clearwater Ice Arena12
Brandon Ice Sports Forum130
Ellenton Ice37
Tampa Bay Skating Academy (25
Xtra Ice131
Unhappy with local facilities at current26