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Bantering Points: 11/18/16

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The Rangers will finally conclude their longest road trip of the season tonight in Columbus, as they take on John Tortorella and the Blue Jackets. After sending Cristoval Nieves back down to the AHL, Chris Kreider will return to the lineup as New York looks to extend their winning streak to four games. Here are today's news and links:

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Rangers News:

  • Brett Cyrgalis points out how two of the Rangers' young players have benefited from Alain Vigneault's system changes
  • Steve Zipay notes that after being given a clean bill of health, Chris Kreider returned to practice yesterday and is expected to rejoin the lineup tonight (Newsday)
  • Tony Griffo examines which of the team's goaltending prospects is most likely to ascend to the starting role once the Henrik Lundqvist era is over (Blue Line Station)
  • John Williams doesn't think you should expect the Rangers to slow down anytime soon (Blue Line Station)
  • Dave Shapiro speculates whether or not J.T. Miller an keep up his torrid scoring pace (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Christian Nehls dissects how Kevin Hayes has bounced back to become one of New York's best players through the early stages of the season (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Jim Cerny writes that despite their early season success, the Rangers still have a number of issues to correct (The Hockey Writers)
  • Tom Urtz Jr. discusses how Henrik Lundqvist's annual slow start has ended, and what it means for the team going forward (Blueshirt Bulletin)
  • Antti Raanta "wrote" a piece in The Player's Tribune detailing his time in the Finnish military, along with the background on his choice of masks (Player's Tribune)
  • Matt Calamia delivers another prospect update, including bits on Brandon Halverson, Tim Gettinger, Nicklas Jensen, and a Ty Ronning interview (1:31 Video via Official Team Site)
  • Post-Practice Interviews: Chris Kreider, (2:47) Alain Vigneault, (2:42) and Josh Jooris (1:51) (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr met with IIHF President Rene Fasel about NHL Olympic participation in 2018 (NBC Sports)
  • Jared Clinton passes along word that Islanders General Manager Garth Snow gave his much maligned head coach Jack Capuano a vote of confidence, stating that Capuano "is an excellent coach." Stephen A. Smith offered his thoughts on what Snow said. (The Hockey News/Youtube)
  • Greg Wyshynski ponders whether or not the NHL Players's Association will vote to extend the current CBA (Puck Daddy)
  • Andrew Bottomley reports that Steven Stamkos is scheduled to be out four months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus (Sportsnet)