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Quick Strikes for Wednesday, December 17

Members of the Syracuse Crunch have some holiday fun, things we can learn from the Oilers’ misery, tough times for Vinny Lecavalier and more.

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  • Your usual view from the other side -- a game recap from the Flyers point of view. [Broad Street Hockey]
  • Times are tough for our old friend Vincent Lecavalier in Philadelphia. He didn't play last night against the Lightning and has been a healthy scratch since Nov. 29. [The Score]
  • Members of the Syracuse Crunch had some fun at their annual Christmas party for season ticket holders. Some of them even showed off their singing talents for fans. [Syracuse.com]
  • This article about situational and open-play Corsi suggests that the Lightning is one of the best possession teams in the NHL right now. [The Hockey Writers]
  • The Edmonton Oilers changed coaches on Monday, but even this won't put an end to their misery. Here are 10 things that we can learn from the organization's perpetual struggle, much of it self-inflicted prideful abuse. [Grantland]
  • You want an example of that prideful mismanagement? It's a 2013 article but damn... [CBC.ca]
  • The Buffalo Sabres have seen a surprising turnaround in the past few weeks. Will it be enough for head coach Ted Nolan to be nominated for the Jack Adams? [The Hockey News]
  • Sidney Crosby contracting the mumps was severely mishandled. One writer asks, "Where were the grown-ups?" [DK on Pittsburgh Sports]
  • Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith sat out last night against the Minnesota Wild with an illness. Head coach Joel Quenneville said he "didn't know" if Keith was affected by the mumps. [NBC Chicago]
  • The KHL may see its demise in the near future due to the plummeting value of the Russian ruble. It was reported that three teams may fold due to the economic crisis in Russia. [Puck Daddy]