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Bantering Points: 11/11/16

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After the event that transpired on Tuesday night, there was only one rational choice for the Rangers to make. They had to make the trek up to Canada, and stay there to try to process what exactly happened three nights ago. Of course, that event was a 5-3 loss to the basement-dwelling Canucks, and they needed to go to Canada because the annual road trip through Alberta and British Columbia starts today. The Rangers travel today, and play in Calgary tomorrow night. Here's today's news and links:

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Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks reports that Chris Kreider has been confused by Alain Vigneault's recent decisions to bench him when the team is looking for a mid-game spark (NY Post)
  • Brooks also saw that the Rangers have seemingly moved Brady Skjei off of the bottom pair, and used some peculiar language to describe Skjei's play this season (NY Post)
  • Ryan Lazo goes one-on-one with Sam Rosen, and they discuss the team's hot start, Jimmy Vesey's transition to the NHL, and more (NY Post)
  • Sean Hartnett thinks the Rangers might have learned a lesson from their unexpected defeat against Vancouver (CBS)
  • Laura Albanese noticed that Alain Vigneault has made adjustments to the defense pairings ahead of tomorrow night's matchup at the Scotiabank Saddledome (Newsday)
  • Timothy Haggerty previews the upcoming expansion draft, and speculates who might be playing in the Sin City next season (Blue Line Station)
  • Dave Shapiro offers his thoughts on the differences between the Rangers systems of year's past compared to this season (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Justin Tasch discovered Henrik Lundqvist's opinion of the NHL's concussion protocol as it pertains to goalies (NY Daily News)
  • Rob Vollman speculates on whether or not the Rangers can keep up their torrid offensive pace (E$PN In$ider)
  • Matt Calamia previews New York's upcoming road trip (Official Team Site)
  • Post-Practice Interviews: Ryan McDonagh, (1:24) Henrik Lundqvist, (1:37) and Alain Vigneault (7:47) (Official Team Site)

Around The NHL:

  • Jamie McLennan goes post to post, and offers his opinion on five goaltending stories after one month of hockey (TSN)
  • Luke Fox relays word that the rumors of Ilya Kovalchuk returning to the NHL are bubbling back up to the surface (Sportsnet)
  • Sean Leahy wonders whether the recently leaked Maple Leafs Centennial Classic jersey is real (Puck Daddy)
  • Mike Stobe lists the current iron men of the league, where a former Ranger and an unexpected superstar make the Top 5 (The Hockey News)
  • Cam Tucker passes along news that some of the St. Louis Blues' most notable franchise icons will be hitting the ice for the Winter Classic Alumni Game, including Wayne Gretzky and Martin Brodeur (NBC Sports)