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Quick Strikes for Wednesday, January 14

Immense pressure for Evgeni Nabokov, strange All-Star selections from the past, suggestions to spice up the All-Star game, and what makes a real sports fan.

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  • Joe Smith, beat reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, gave an update on Tyler Johnson and Victor Hedman. He also had some interesting quotes from head coach Jon Cooper about Andrei Vasilevskiy. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • After Monday night's horrendous loss against Vinny Lecavalier and the Philadelphia Flyers, pressure seems to be mounting for backup goalie Evgeni Nabokov. That was one of 30 thoughts in this column by Elliotte Friedman. [Sportsnet]
  • Blogger Gregg Drinnan is taking note of the season from Tyler Johnson that no one saw coming. [Taking Note]
  • Nikita Kucherov is right up there with Johnson on Sportsnet's list of most exciting players this season. [Sportsnet]
  • There were some debatable selections for the 2015 All-Star Game, but nothing compares to these strange scenarios. [Down Goes Brown]
  • Lyle Richardson came up with some suggestions for future All-Star Games. One suggestion included making the All-Star Game an outdoor game. [Spector's Hockey]
  • The AHL is rumored to be considering a shorter regular season, possibly by as much as 10 games. [Democrat and Chronicle]
  • What makes a real fan? Well, good question. This Winnipeg Jets blogger attempts to answer that. [Arctic Ice Hockey]