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Bantering Points: 11/8/16

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With a matchup against the Vancouver Canucks, the Rangers play their second of five consecutive games against Canadian teams, and their last before hitting the road for the annual western Canada. With the next four games coming against the Pacific Division's three worst teams a season ago, the Rangers should recognise this as a chance to stockpile more early season points. Here's today's news and links:

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Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks sees how resting Dan Girardi in favour of Adam Clendening on Sunday signals a philosophical shift in the Rangers' mindset (NY Post)
  • Steve Zipay notes that the Rangers' recent winning ways have come from more than just their offence (Newsday)
  • Sean Hartnett writes that this year's Rangers team has the makings of something special (CBS)
  • Justin Tasch discusses how Pavel Buchnevich's high end talent has started to show its true colours, and his highlight-reel goal was the first of many to come (NY Daily News)
  • Dave Shapiro examines the root of Ryan McDonagh's "comeback" season (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Brandon Cohen takes a look at one of the Rangers' most difficult decisions that no one else is talking about; what will the team do with Oscar Lindberg? (Today's Slapshot)
  • Jonathan Marrero pens a piece in defense of Dan Girardi (Blue Line Station)
  • The Rangers' organisational depth chart has experienced a major shift in net, as Mackenzie Skapski was sent down to ECHL Greenville, while Brandon Halverson was called up to AHL Hartford (Official Wolfpack Site)
  • Jim Cerny gives his observations of the team through nearly one month of hockey (The Hockey Writers)
  • Scott Cullen says the Rangers are the best team in the league in his latest Power Rankings (TSN)
  • Matt Calamia believes that Brady Skjei's recent play is a sign of his offensive game coming together (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Mike Halford suggests to mark our calendars for November 22nd, as that is the day Bill Foley will announce the name and logo for the Las Vegas NHL franchise (NBC Sports)
  • Mike Johnston compares Jacob Trouba's newly signed two-year, $6 Million contract to the other bridge deals recently signed by defenseman (Sportsnet)
  • Bob McKenzie thinks that fans anger with the Department of Player Safety is misplaced, and says it should be directed elsewhere (TSN)
  • In honor of Election Day, Greg Wyshynski lists the top 5 NHL player's he wants elected President (Puck Daddy)
  • Three Stars of the Week: Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov, Chicago's Corey Crawford, and New York's Kevin Hayes have been named the Three Stars of the Week (NHL.com)