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Rangers-Islanders rivalry heats up; Lineup unchanged; NYR sends two scouts to Leafs-Kings

Bantering Points for Tuesday, January 13, 2015.

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The Rangers-Islanders rivalry, or whatever you want to call it at this stage, is certainly ramping up. For the first time in a very long time, both teams are vying for the top of the division standings, and the Rangers hope to continue chipping away at the Islanders' lead with a win tonight. This one has already been readily hyped up, so I don't need to add anything. It should be fun. At the end of the day, its all about the standings points. Ok...and bragging rights...for now. Lots of links and stories about this game.  [Blueshirt Banter]  [The Hockey Writers]  [NY Times]  [Newsday]  [NY Post]  [NY Daily News]  [Rangers Unlimited]

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Same lineup is expected. Tanner Glass and Matt Hunwick will be the healthy scratches.  [SNY Blog]

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Some keys to success against the Islanders  [Bleacher Report]  [Blueshirts United]

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Offense vs. Defense. Nash vs. Hamonic. Or something.  [ESPN]

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The Rangers and Knicks have very little in common, aside from ownership and where they play. The Knicks are...yea.  [NY Times]

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The Rangers had two scouts at the Leafs vs Kings game. Not sure for who, but I hope the Leafs are still undervaluing Jake Gardiner moving forward. Because I'll take him.  [SNY Blog]

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League-wide trade rumors are heating up. The Wild are eyeing goaltending help in Carolina. The Senators want to add some offense.  [The Hockey News]

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You've gotta feel for Olli Maatta, whose nightmare season is now likely over.  [Puck Daddy]