Quick Strikes for Sunday, September 4

A bold prediction plays up Tampa Bay, Las Vegas’ franchise name is still a question, and the World Cup is here (...and lost more players to injury).

The Bolts

·        Two of ten bold predictions listed for the NHL this upcoming season are tied to the Tampa Bay Lightning: One has to do with scoring and the other has to do with a joint bold prediction for the club this season. [Sportsnet]


·        Puck Daddy’s summer series on the weirdness and oddities of all NHL teams is over. You can find links to the full series of posts (including ours for the Bolts) here. [Puck Daddy]

·        Las Vegas ownership clarified something: The Sand Knights? Not the name being used. [The Score]

·        The name-game antics in Vegas earn a reaction from out-of-market. Las Vegas’ owner has earned the criticism voiced here. [DetroitHockey.net]

·        So just when will the Las Vegas franchise name gat reveals? Latest potential time is mid-October. [Today’s Slapshot]

·        The situation in Quebec City is mired by way of costs, even if a spectacular venue is already up and ready to go for an NHL franchise. [The Globe and Mail]

The Sport

·        Injuries will keep Tomas Hertl and Radko Gudas off of the Czech World Cup team.  [NBC Sports]

·        There’s a report of injury sustained by goalie Henrik Lundqvist too. Will this compromise his World Cup play? [Today’s Slapshot]

·        All this World Cup talk. How about schedules and previews and such?? I’m glad you asked! You can find them here (well, with a Maple Leafs flavoring, but still). [Pension Plan Puppets]

·        A more generalized roster breakdown and preview and such can be found here… [Arctic Ice Hockey]

·        Connor McDavid may be destined to wear the “C” for team North America (and eventually the Edmonton Oilers). [The Score]

·        He’s an accomplished star of ice hockey in general, but one critique of Sidney Crosby is compelled by Crosby’s thoughts to be bored before being enthused. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]

·         The Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League unveiled a new third jersey for the upcoming season. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]