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Bantering Points: 11/25/16

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After enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday yesterday, the Rangers are back in action this afternoon as they take on the Philadelphia Flyers in NBC's annual Thanksgiving Showdown. This will mark New York's fourth consecutive appearance as the road team on the Thanksgiving showdown, having last visited the Flyers after Thanksgiving 2014. After getting embarrassed by Pittsburgh on Wednesday night, look for the team to bounce back with a better effort. Here are today's news and links:

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Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks discusses how the Rangers must avoid another post-Thanksgiving slump unless they want to be exposed as pretenders for the second consecutive season (NY Post)
  • Brett Cyrgalis points out that Alain Vigneault tinkered with the team's lines during most recent practice, and that we should expect Matt Puempel to make his Rangers debut later today (NY Post)
  • Justin Tasch writes about how New York hasn't put their recent meltdown against Pittsburgh in the rear view mirror quite yet (NY Daily News)
  • Steve Zipay previews today's meeting with the Flyers (Newsday)
  • Brandon Cohen analyzes the Rangers' options in the expansion draft now that Rick Nash is no longer an option to expose (Blue Line Station)
  • Steven Loffredo offers five points on what the Rangers can be thankful for at the quarter mark of the season (The Hockey Writers)
  • Jason Brough takes note of the flaws that have started to emerge in New York's strategy and style of play (NBC Sports)
  • The Rangers' players talk about their favorite Thanksgiving foods, and what they're thankful for (1:12 Video via Official Team Site)

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