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Boyle's back; Glass isn't; The King holds court; Boyle vs. Stralman; Zuccarello contract talk

Your Bantering Points for Friday, December 5, 2014.

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Dan Boyle practiced with the team yesterday. He should be ready to go for the road game at Detroit on Saturday, which would be a big boost of course.  [Blueshirt Banter]  [Newsday]  [NY Daily News]  [Blueshirts United]

The Rangers are getting healthy and back to normal, but Tanner Glass won't make the trip to Detroit. He's still dealing with the mumps.  [Newsday]  [lohud]

Henrik Lundqvist spoke to the team, specifically the defense, yesterday about inconsistent play and on-ice communication. It isn't yet clear who will be in net for the game tomorrow at Detroit. [NY Post]

Here's AV discussing Boyle, Glass, McDonagh and lineup development:

Why did the Rangers choose Dan Boyle over Anton Stralman? There were some perceived reasons at the time, such as boosting the effectiveness of the powerplay. And he has had solid success in that role throughout his career. But, as we have discussed here since this summer, the underlying even strength numbers all favored hanging on to Stralman. That isn't what happened.  [Blue Seat Blogs]

A Norwegian writer isn't sure Mats Zuccarello will get a new contract. [SNY]

Here's a one-on-one interview with Derick Brassard after yesterday's practice. [Blueshirts United]

This wonky schedule is annoying. It has the team basically off for a week, then they play 2 games in 3 days, then they are off again for 4 more days.  [Full Schedule]

This article looks back at some possibly forgotten blueshirts. [The Hockey Writers]

Martin Brodeur got pretty soundly beat in his debut. He looked uneven most of the night, but had a few big saves. Meh. [NHL]  [NY Times]

Then he kind of talked trash about his former franchise. Which doesn't surprise me at all. Marty being Marty. [Puck Daddy]

Daniel Alfredsson says goodbye to his fans in Ottawa. Class all the way. [The Hockey News]

Happy Friday.