Quick Strikes: Sliding Caps come to Tampa

They’ve lost five of their last six and three straight on the road.

The Bolts + Crunch

Steven Stamkos practices in full. [NHL.com]

Stamkos interview transcribed for accessibility. [Raw Charge]

The Capitals come into town tonight having lost five of their last six and three straight on the road. [NHL.com]

Already without Tyler Johnson, Vladislav Namestnikov and Cedric Paquette, the Lightning may potentially also be without Ondrej Palat and Jake Dotchin. [Associated Press]

Brayden Point is making his mark as the Bolts continue their push toward the playoffs. [FanRag Sports]

Congrats to Erik Condra, who was named the 20th full captain of the Syracuse Crunch! Condra said wearing the C is “about calming at the right time and getting excited and pumped up at the right time." [Syracuse.com]

The League

Moral of the story: Don't trust the internet.

The once red-hot Wild are now in their worst stretch this season. They trail the Blackhawks in the conference by three points. [Pioneer Press]

It was the worst-kept secret in town: The Senators will host the Canadiens in the NHL 100 Classic in December. [Silver Seven Sens]

The seat is starting to get warm for Devils coach John Haynes. But with a host of issues on the team, how fair is it to place the blame on him? [All About the Jersey]

The Penguins have 11 injured players. Ouch. [PensBurgh]

The Game

As the wage dispute turns: the latest between the U.S. Women's National Team and Team USA. [Canadian Press]

Team USA’s response:

Hockey Canada and USA Hockey support their athletes' training in different ways, but neither model is what the USWNT is looking for. [The Ice Garden]

Dear USA Hockey: It's time to either get with the program, or get out the way of progress. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]