Quick Strikes for Thursday, October 2

In our Thursday Quick Strikes, a famous hockey mom assumes a central role in the development of women’s hockey, the FCC makes a ruling on sports blackouts, and one player makes a strong case to stick with the Bolts.

  • The Tampa Bay Lightning play their first regular season game on October 9 vs. the Florida Panthers. Sportsnet is predicting that the Bolts will go farther in the playoffs than their first round sweep from a year ago. [Sportsnet]
  • Luke Witkowski is yet another player in the system making a strong case to stay with the Lightning on opening night. [Syracuse.com]
  • Jonathan Drouin is still nursing a broken right thumb. While head coach Jon Cooper wants to see more of the Bolts' first round draft pick from 2013, he said Drouin will not be rushed into the lineup. [NHL]
  • Trina Crosby, the mother of Pittsburgh Penguins superstar forward Sidney Crosby, has taken on a new role in hockey, serving on the board of director for the Canadian Women's Hockey League (CWHL). [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
  • The Federal Communications Commission recently repealed its sports blackout rules, which required a team to blackout a game if it did not sell a certain number of tickets. [FCC Official Website]
  • On "loose-puck recoveries" and micro-stats in the NHL. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]
  • David Johnson has a very thorough introduction and guide to WOWY (With or Without You) analysis. [Maple Leafs Hot Stove]

Outside of Tampa, which Florida city would you most like to see host a Lightning preseason game?

Daytona (Ocean Center)19
Estero (Germain Arena)40
Jacksonville ( Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena,)33
Lakeland (Lakeland Center)48
Orlando (Amway Center)134
Pensacola (Pensacola Bay Center)20
Tallahassee (Donald L. Tucker Civic Center)18