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Bantering Points: 11/15/16

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With a game against the Vancouver Canucks looming, the Rangers will attempt to sweep western Canada for just the second time in franchise history. With Chris Kreider unavailable and Pavel Buchnevich also being a question mark, look for Cristoval Nieves to make his NHL debut tonight. Here's today's news and links:

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Rangers News:

  • Brett Cyrgalis details how the injuries to Pavel Buchnevich and Chris Kreider have created an opportunity for Cristoval Nieves (NY Post)
  • Larry Brooks releases the second part of his countdown of the 90 greatest Rangers in franchise history (NY Post)
  • Dave Shapiro breaks down the subtle changes to the Rangers' system that have changed the team's identity (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Christian Nehls thinks that Brady Skjei has come as advertised for the defense corps (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Jess Rubenstein evaluates how some Rangers prospects performed on Sunday, including Sean Day, Tyler Wall, and Sergei Zborovskiy (Blueshirt Bulletin)
  • Adam Kimelman revists the two Eric Lindros trades, and how both the Rangers and Flyers were better off after Lindros was awarded to Philadelphia (NHL.com)
  • Lindsay Kramer points out that Nieves will become only the second player from Baldwinsville, NY to play in the National Hockey League when he makes his debut tonight (Syracuse.com)
  • Matt Calamia states that Nieves is ready to establish himself as an NHL player after being called up (Official Team Site)
  • Prospect Report: Igor Shesterkin, Ryan Gropp, and Sean Day have been named the team's Three Stars of the Week among prospects (Official Team Site)
  • Jason Concepcion and Kate Baker debate what's made the Rangers so successful compared to the basketball team they share Madison Square Garden with (The Ringer)

Around the NHL:

  • Three Stars of the Week: Boston Bruins goalie Tuuka Rask, Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele, and Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne have been named the NHL's Three Stars of the Week (NHL.com)
  • Jeff Metcalfe and Craig Harris report that the Arizona Coyotes search for an arena has come to an end (for now), as they've agreed on a new facility in Tempe, AZ (Arizona Central)
  • Cam Tucker passes along word that Texas Rangers infielder Russell Wilson has joined the effort to get an arena for hockey and basketball built in Seattle's SoDo district (NBC Sports)
  • Matt Larkin lists the top five active player most likely headed for the Hall of Fame when they retire, and a former Ranger tops the list (The Hockey News)
  • Chris Johnston writes that the NHL will make it's decision on possible Olympic participation by January 2017 (Sportsnet)