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Quick Strikes for Wednesday, December 24

Merry Christmas Eve! Features on Tyler Johnson and Jonathan Drouin, an all-mumps team has inevitably been created and Japers’ Rink got to sit down with the producers of “Road to the NHL Winter Classic.”

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  • From the other side of the fence, here's a recap of last night's Lightning / Penguins game coming from the Pens perspective. [Pensburgh]
  • Tyler Johnson had one hell of a game last night against the Pittsburgh Penguins, allowing him to notch his second career hat trick, and the Palat-Johnson-Kucherov line has been incredible all season. [The Hockey News]
  • Jonathan Drouin has had a roller-coaster season so far. He has been scratched in nine games throughout the season, but has also gotten the opportunity to play on the top line with Steven Stamkos. After dominating the juniors last year, the No. 3 overall draft pick in 2013 still has to learn how to adjust to the NHL. []
  • Festivus may have been yesterday, but that doesn't mean we can't still participate in a few Festivus traditions. [Lightning Shout]
  • The Lightning sit at the top of the Atlantic Division right now, tied with the Montreal Canadiens, and it seems people are taking notice of some of the star power on the team. The Bolts have three top candidates for the 2015 All-Star Game in Columbus next month. []
  • With mumps spreading like wildfire throughout the NHL (I prefer Sportsnet's analogy), an "All-Mumps Team" is starting to take shape. The names on the list make up a pretty good team. [Sportsnet]
  • Washington Capitals blog Japers' Rink got to sit down with Ross Greenburg, producer of Road to the NHL Winter Classic. He shared how they made Episode 2 of the miniseries, which airs on Epix. [Japers' Rink]