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Quick Strikes for Saturday, April 9

The last weekend of the NHL regular season! Playoff talk, awards talk, championship talk... They're your morning reads.

The Frozen Four finale is today... So is the Tampa Bay Lightning season finale way up in Montreal.
The Frozen Four finale is today... So is the Tampa Bay Lightning season finale way up in Montreal.
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  • Relevant for two reasons: (1) It's about Jonathan Drouin's return to the Tampa Bay Lightning, (2) it makes a kick-ass parody/reference to pro wrestling in the title. [The Hopeful Chase]
  • Ben Bishop and his case for the 2016 NHL Vezina Trophy. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • We don't bring it up so often any more but we do have a custom t-shirt store with some Tampa Bay Lightning themed and hockey themed shirts for you to check out. [Gameday Depot]
  • Quinnipiac versus North Dakota for the 2016 Men's Ice Hockey title here with the Frozen Four. [Tampa Tribune]
  • The two final teams participating in games this season are the best in college hockey. A rare feat in the Frozen Four. [SB Nation College Hockey]
  • Meanwhile, the 2016 Hobey Baker Award was announced on Friday... [SB Nation College Hockey]
  • The New York Islanders Anders Lee is done for the season with a broken leg, adding to injury issues that have followed the Isles around this season. [CBS Eye on Hockey]
  • The other New York team is tanking!!... Well no, the Rangers aren't. They are, however, sitting quite a few key players for today's game against the Red Wings. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • Just who is the Most Valuable Player for the 2016 playoff-bound Minnesota Wild? Hockey Wilderness has an entire StoryStream dedicated to discussing the candidates. [Hockey Wilderness]
  • Braden Holtby: Anti-social award-winning honoree. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
  • He gets it from Barry Trotz. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
  • And to finish a trio from RMNB: An interview with baseball legend Brooks Robinson, who also happens to be a hockey fan. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
  • A deep look at defensemen and possible Norris Trophy candidates (including Victor Hedman). [Today's Slapshot]
  • Another year, another non-participation in the NHL playoffs for the Edmonton Oilers. Just who are Oiler fans rooting for in the 2016 NHL Playoffs - specifically who are they rooting for among their rivals in the Western Conference? [Copper & Blue]
  • John Hynes, head coach of the New Jersey Devils, will coach Team USA at the IIHF 2016 World Championships. [All About The Jersey]