Feb 4, 2014; Sunrise, FL, USA; Florida Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson (44) checks Toronto Maple Leafs left wing James van Riemsdyk into the boards in the first period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Quick Shifts: Florida Lottery, Olympic Poll, 1984

It’s a snowy day in most of the Eastern portion of the US today. Before you go dig out, or while you are inside warming up, here are your daily TMMOTS Quick Shifts!

Since it is such a snowy / cold day, why don’t we start off somewhere warm. Despite the better weather, the Florida Panthers are struggling at the gate again this season. In an effort to generate interest in the team / desperation shot to fill the arena, Florida recently announced they will allow fans to trade in $10 worth of non-winning scratch-off lottery tickets (if you do happen to win, I am sure the owners have a hockey team they’d like to sell to you) for an upper level end zone ticket (a $20 value) for a Tuesday or Thursday game.

Over at Pucks and Pitchforks, David Garrison has a great breakdown of the Olympic Teams, including past performance and star players. In addition, Pucks and Pitchforks wants your input on who you think will win gold at the 2014 Sochi games.

As we approach the Olympic break and the trade deadline another thing to keep on the horizon is coaching changes. Bleacher Report broke down all thirty teams and their current head coaching situations. Current job security is evaluated for each team. Do you agree with the outlook for your team? I know I agree for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Head coach Todd Richards has his team playing outstanding hockey and has them contending for the playoffs for the second year in a row.

Everyone remembers the 1980 Men’s hockey team. Even if you weren’t alive to see the “Miracle On Ice”, Disney has you covered. But what about the team that had to follow up that performance of the ages? The 1984 men’s hockey team underachieved, but could it ever really have lived up to its predecessor? The task of living up to the 1980 team was impossible. SB Nation takes a fascinating look at the 1984 Olympic team; how it was assembled and a in depth look at their performance at the Sarajevo games. Seriously, set some time aside and read it.

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