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Bantering Points November 28: Thanksgiving Showdown Edition

The links leading up to this afternoon's battle between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers for the last turkey leg. McD is back. Glass has the flu. Hunwick>Moore. Talbot gets the nod.

Captain McD returns.
Captain McD returns.
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Rangers vs Flyers coverage

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I don't want to dig up too many bad memories from the brief trip south, but last time we saw each other... [Blueshirt Banter Game Recap]  [Blueshirt Banter Game Notes]

Martin St. Louis got some boos, but he also got a classy video tribute and round of applause from his former fans. [Puck Daddy]  [NY Post]

Forgotten in the Marty storyline was the fact that Dan Boyle also played in Tampa from 2001-2008, also winning a cup with the team. Boyle is just happy to be contributing to his new team now. And I expect his contributions to grow, hopefully soaking up some of the TOI that has been given to struggling lumberers Marc Staal and Dan Girardi.  [Newsday]

Pat LaFontaine represented the Rangers on the NHL's Macy's Day Parade float. I don't know. [Too Many Men on the Site]

The NHL Thanksgiving Showdown features an old rivalry for NBC's crew to chatter about. I am sure there will be plenty of Thanksgiving, or rather post-Thanksgiving (Black Friday ugh), fanfare to go along with the presentation of the game. But really, this one is more about the start of a back-to-back home-and-home for two teams desperately seeking consistency and points. I expect a "warm" Philadelphia atmosphere at today's game. Maybe the hardcore fans were dragged out to do Christmas shopping. Game Preview Links:  [Broad Street Hockey] []  [NHL Weekes Blog]  [Courier-Post]  [Blue Line Station]  [CBS Sports]

Consistency. Tossed around and discussed a lot these days. The fact that "not even Vigneault can identify the Rangers' consistency issues" is troubling, to say the least.  [NY Post]

Doc Emrick, who will do today's game, has some thoughts on the consistency problem.  [NY Post]

The return of captain Ryan McDonagh should be a massive boost for this team's defensive woes, which are at the core of their problems. The elite puck mover and playmaker will help in all three zones. But expect some rust as he builds up his TOI.  All the same, this is our full lineup. No more excuses. [Newsday]  [North Jersey]  [NY Post]

Is Henrik Lundqvist beginning to find himself? I don't think he ever really lost himself, but this article discusses his play of late, which has been excellent. 7-3-3 with a .933 Sv% since October 16th. [Blue Line Station]

The Rangers can be thankful for two games against a middling opponent with similar or worse defensive woes than their own. [NY Daily News]

Projected lineups:

Cam Talbot gets the start for the first of the back-to-back. Hank gets to enjoy his turkey sandwich leftovers. McD is back and John Moore is the first to take a seat for him. This may come as a surprise to some, but Matt Hunwick has been the better player of the two.

Lee Stempniak is back from his healthy scratch because Tanner Glass is out with the flu. Yep, only injury or illness will remove him from the damn lineup. Therefore, by default, this is the best lineup the Rangers have iced all season.

Enjoy the game!


Chris KreiderDerek StepanMartin St. Louis

Rick NashDerick BrassardMats Zuccarello

Carl HagelinKevin HayesAnthony Duclair

Lee StempniakDominic MooreJesper Fast

Ryan McDonaghDan Girardi

Marc StaalDan Boyle

Matt HunwickKevin Klein

Cam Talbot

Scratched: John Moore

Injured: Tanner Glass (flu)


Brayden SchennClaude GirouxJakub Voracek

Michael RafflScott LaughtonWayne Simmonds

Matt ReadSean CouturierR.J. Umberger

Zac RinaldoPierre-Edouard BellemareVincent Lecavalier

Nicklas GrossmannMark Streit

Nick SchultzMichael Del Zotto

Andrew MacDonaldBraydon Coburn

Steve Mason

Scratched: Jason AkesonCarlo ColaiacovoLuke Schenn

Injured: Kimmo Timonen (blood clots), Chris VandeVelde (upper body)

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