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Bantering Points: 11/23/16

For the second time in three nights, the Rangers will take on the Pittsburgh Penguins as the two teams wrap up their home and home set. After defeating the Penguins 5-2 in Pittsburgh on Monday night, Henrik Lundqvist will get the nod in net in front of the Garden faithful later tonight. Here are today's news and links:

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Rangers News:

  • Brett Cyrgalis shoots down any talk of a goalie controversy despite Antti Raanta's hot start to the season (NY Post)
  • John Williams believes that Brandon Pirri will be a major factor in deciding New York's fate while Mika Zibanejad remains out of the lineup (Blue Line Station)
  • Timothy Haggerty speculates on possible line combos for Alain Vigneault to deploy in spite of the team's recent string of injuries (Blue Line Station)
  • Josh Khalfin offers his thoughts on the Rangers' decision to make a waiver claim for the first time since March of 2013 (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Daniel Federico thinks that New York's forward depth will face a major test in the absence of Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich (Elite Sports NY)
  • Matt Calamia delivers another update on some of the team's goaltending prospects, including Igor Shesterkin and Adam Huska (Official Team Site)
  • Calamia also previewed tonight's meeting between the Rangers and Penguins (Official Team Site)
  • Anthony Scultore suggests that the Rangers look to Calgary and inquire about Dougie Hamilton in order to shore up their defense (Full Tilt NYR)

Around the NHL:

  • Elliote Friedman authors another edition of 30 Thoughts (Sportsnet)
  • Mike Coppinger reports that the Las Vegas NHL franchise will be named the Vegas Golden Knights (USA Today)
  • Scott Burnside goes in-depth on Bill Foley's decision to name his new team the Golden Knights (ESPN)
  • Tampa Bay Lightning forward J.T. Brown was ever so slightly upset after being sent to the locker room during Monday night's Lightning-Predators game, so he took out his frustration on a fan's phone (TMZ)
  • Cam Tucker passes along word from Pierre LeBrun that Brent Burns and the San Jose Sharks agreed on an eight year, $64 Million extension through the 2024-2025 season (NBC Sports)
  • Jen Neale gives a scary report out of Montreal, as Canadiens defenseman Nathan Beaulieu was taken to the hospital after taking a puck to the to his neck during last night's Senators-Canadiens game (Puck Daddy)