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Bantering Points: 11/12/16

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After three days off, the Rangers are back in action tonight, as they'll hit the ice in Calgary. After Tuesday night's debacle against Vancouver, Alain Vingeault has elected for drastic changes to the team's lineup combinations in an attempt to find a team-wide spark and extinguish the Flames. Here's today's news and links:

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Rangers News:

  • Justin Tasch chatted with Jimmy Vesey as he looks to keep his head up and fight through the first slump of his NHL career (NY Daily News)
  • Steve Zipay gives an update on the new lines the team experimented with at practice, and how Alain Vigneault wasn't satisfied with the team's last practice (Newsday)
  • Game Preview: The Rangers look to take advantage of a slumping Flames team, losers of three straight and five of their last six (CBS)
  • Christian Nehls takes a look at how the Rangers' prospects in Hartford have been performing as of late (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Steve Dangle questions whether the Rangers are a legitimate contender or if they're first month of the season is something to write off (1:33 Video via Sportsnet)
  • Amanda Borges goes one-on-one with Kevin Weekes as they catch up since their last meeting (4:24 Video via Official Team Site)
  • Post Practice Interviews: Alain Vigneault (4:33) and Marc Staal (1:31) (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Jason Brough takes note of five unexpected early-season stats including the NHL's save percentage leader, and worst 5 on 5 shot differential player (NBC Sports)
  • Terrell Williams passes along devastating news that Hurricanes forward Bryan Bickell has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, the same disease that ended Josh Harding's career. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bickell, his family and the Hurricanes organization as they try to move forward (Official Hurricanes Site)
  • Ken Campbell examines the qualities shared by the 2016 class of Hockey Hall of Famers (The Hockey News)
  • Speaking of Hall of Fame inductees, Frank Seravalli reveals that former Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren offered Eric Lindros a chance to return to the team in 2012 (TSN)
  • loserpoints details each team's performance through the first four weeks of the NHL season (Hockey Graphs)