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Bantering Points: 11/21/16

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For the first time this season, the Rangers have lost two games in a row after last night's 3-2 shootout loss at the paws of the Florida Panthers. After failing their first big test, New York will look to right the ship and avoid a three game skid tonight, as they'll be at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh as they take on the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Penguins. Here are today's news and links:

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Rangers News:

  • Highlights: FLA 3, NYR 2 (4:49 Video via NHL.com)
  • Game Preview: New York will need to find a way to stop a red hot Sidney Crosby if they want to leave Pittsburgh with two points (CBS)
  • Steve Zipay passes along word that Alain Vingeault believes the team needs to be patient with Oscar Lindberg as he continues to recover from offseason hip surgery (Newsday)
  • Brandon Cohen recaps last night's 3-2 loss to the Panthers as well as the loss of Mika Zibanejad (Blue Line Station)
  • Prior to Keith Yandle's power play goal stemming from an avoidable penalty by Brady Skjei last night, John Williams thought that New York hadn't missed a beat in spite of Yandle's departure (Blue Line Station)
  • Donavan Burns points out how J.T. Miller has gone from a dependable middle six forward to a rising star in the NHL (The Hockey Writers)
  • Steven Loffredo takes note of the recent development off an offensive touch in Jesper Fast's play (The Hockey Writers)
  • Dave Shapiro offers his thoughts on the Rangers' special teams, forward depth, and injury situation (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Matt Calamia reports that Adam Huska and Gabriel Fontaine both had excellent games in another edition of the Rangers Prospect Report (Official Team Site)
  • Postgame Notes: Henrik Lundqvist made history last night, becoming only the 5th goalie in league history to start 700 games for a single franchise (Official Team Site)
  • Postgame Interviews: Derek Stepan, (0:41) Alain Vigneault, (1:12) Ryan McDonagh, (0:47) and Henrik Lundqvist (1:21) (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Jared Clinton lists the five easiest wins goalies have earned since the dead puck era began (The Hockey News)
  • Adam Gretz noticed that the Arizona Coyotes have decided to send former 3rd Overall Pick Dylan Strome back to the Erie Otters of the OHL (NBC Sports)
  • Ryan Dixon details what he thinks makes Steve Yzerman the best General Manager in the NHL (Sportsnet)
  • Greg Wyshynski saw that Capitals' coach Barry Trotz was livid after Nick Foligno embellished a questionable high sticking call that lead to the game winning goal in yesterday's 3-2 loss against Columbus (Puck Daddy)

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