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Quick Strikes for Wednesday, March 16

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A pair of players are due to march in the military in Finland, Steven Stamkos had a harshly relaxing Monday in Toronto, and Steve Yzerman assesses (in brief) Jonathan Drouin's first games back.

THIS photo shows T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas still under construction. That's done, though... In three weeks time, an official opening event will happen in LV.
THIS photo shows T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas still under construction. That's done, though... In three weeks time, an official opening event will happen in LV.
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  • Dalton Prout gets a single game suspension for his sucker punch of Nikita Kucherov on Sunday. [NHL.com]
  • Something different happened for Lightning Captain Steven Stamkos on Monday in Toronto: He chilled out. Quite different from the usual media-led anarchy when he goes to his hometown. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • So how does the Syracuse Crunch's Jonathan Drouin look to Lightning management? Steve Yzerman remarked on such... [Today's Slapshot]
  • For those who hang out on Reddit: A subreddit that's supposed to be devoted to articles / features (read: blogger content). /r/hockeywriters lacks participation (read: submissions, subscribers) but it's a sound avenue seeing how over-run the main group for hockey is. [Reddit]
  • And while I'm at it: Hey, Atlantic Division fan! Subscribe to the Atlantic Division subreddit! [Reddit]
  • March Madness goes to the mountains!!... or at least a blog about a team based in the mountains. [Mile High Hockey]
  • Monday had the Los Angeles Kings shut down and shut out the Chicago Blackhawks, 5-0. After the game and later on Tuesday, the reaction from certain Kings fans was... pessimistic and negative? [The Royal Half]
  • That Kings win was Jonathan Quick's 41st shutout of his career, the most by an American-born goalie. [In Goal Magazine]
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets Brandon Saad has invested himself in a way you don't normally hear about pro-athletes doing so: Helping family members immigrate. [The Guardian]
  • The Bruins recalled LW Frank Vatrano from the Providence Bruins of the AHL. No big deal, right? Yeah, well, FVatrano's goal-a-game pace in the AHL (31 goals in 31 games) should raise eyebrows. He's also a first year pro. [Big Bad Blog]
  • Las Vegas is about to get the grand opening of their new venue, T-Mobile Arena. Gaining an NHL franchise likely isn't that far off. [Today's Slapshot]
  • Here's an aspect touched on by two blogs yesterday: Finnish players have to do time-of-service with Finland's military. The Maple Leafs will be losing Kaspari Kapenen to service and the Chicago Blackhawks will eventually lose Teuvo Teravainen. [Pension Plan Puppets] / [Second City Hockey]
  • When your legacy as an owner is high draft selections and visual evidence of your children growing, something is wrong. Daryl Katz, owner of the Edmonton Oilers, embodies that infamous legacy. [SB Nation]