Quick Strikes for Wednesday, April 22nd

Yzerman and Detroit, Nesterov vs. Garrison?, the Crunch gets two much-needed players back, NHL news, and more.

  • Steve Yzerman runs the Lightning, but his ties with Detroit are still with him. [The Tampa Tribune]
  • Lightning defenseman Nikita Nesterov has made the most of his playing time so far in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But what's going to happen when Jason Garrison returns? [en-Lightning]
  • A mid-series glance at the current state of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. [NHL Numbers]
  • Syracuse Crunch captain Mike Angelidis can start leading by example again, and it's happening at just the perfect time: right before playoffs. [Syracuse.com]
  • Syracuse Crunch forward Carter Ashton searches for offense on a team that needs it. [Syracuse.com]
  • The Syracuse Crunch and ESPN Radio will be hosting a Block Party on the plaza before Game 3. [SyracuseCrunch.com]
  • Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara is going to miss the World Championships. [Days of Yorr]
  • The lack of respect for away fans among some NHL fanbases is reaching epic portions during the 2015 NHL Playoffs, but there are ways to stop it now, before things get worse. [All Habs]
  • Three common complaints about Edmonton winning the draft lottery are addressed by David Staples of the Edmonton Journal. [Edmonton Journal]
  • Don't Waste McDavid, Oilers! [Spector's Hockey]
  • Did Winnipeg fans show why they deserved a team all along when they created sound decibel levels loud enough to register "rock band" status? One writer thinks so. [The Hockey News]
  • Just how is Chicago holding James Neal pointless? [TSN]
  • NHL Player Safety runs a broken system of justice, says Kent Wilson. [Canucks Army]
  • "A little more hockey and a little less psychosis"? Yes, please. [Flames Nation]

Who is the Tampa Bay Lightning regular-season MVP for 2014-15?

Ben Bishop21
Brian Boyle21
Ryan Callahan3
Victor Hedman2
Tyler Johnson90
Nikita Kucherov12
Ondrej Palat7
Anton Stralman21
Steven Stamkos26