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Quick Strikes for Tuesday, August 26

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Some predictions and expectations for the Tampa Bay Lightning, a new test for concussions, and the the Best of the Bay survey make up your news from around the hockey world for your Tuesday morning.



  • After a retooling of the roster in the offseason by General Manager Steve Yzerman, expectations for the Tampa Bay Lightning are high. Here are five things that have to happen in order for the Bolts to play in the Stanley Cup Finals. [The Hockey Writers]
  • Bleacher Report predicts the statistical leaders for the Lightning during the 2014-15 season. [Bleacher Report]
  • Vladislav Namestnikov could potentially one of the players looking to push the Bolts toward the Stanley Cup Finals. Read about his weekend at the NHLPA Rookie Showcase, in which he and other NHL rookies participated in various fun activities. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • The Philadelphia Flyers found out last season that Vincent Lecavalier isn't the player that he used to be. Current head coach Craig Berube wants Lecavalier to "change his game a little bit" after a very disappointing year in the City of Brotherly Love. [NJ.com]
  • New Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Johnston wants to "lessen the load" for star center Sidney Crosby. [Trib Total Media]
  • Toronto Maple Leafs bloger birky makes the case for advanced stats and a rebuttal of an article which he says consists of "invented arguments" against the use of such statistics. [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • The Nashville Predators will host a four-team rookie tournament at Ford Ice Center on September 13-16. The Tampa Bay Lightning, Nashville Predators, Florida Panthers, and Boston Bruins will participate in the tournament. [Nashville Predators Official Site]
  • After some rumblings over the weekend of a shake-up of teams in the American Hockey League, an official with the league says that no such decision has been made to sell or transfer teams. [Maine Hockey Journal]
  • A new concussion test has been developed by neurologists at the University of Michigan. The test, which some say feels like "an octopus giving your head a hug," could help answer the questions of current and former athletes who have sustained concussions during their careers. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • The Best of the Bay survey is currently ongoing. The survey is an annual poll about a variety of topics related to the Tampa Bay area, such as the best sports team, best head coach, best web site and more. Polling ends on Sunday, August 31. [Creative Loafing Tampa Bay]
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