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Bantering Points: 12/1/16

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With a game against Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres looming tonight, the New York Rangers will look to win back to back games for the first time in nearly two weeks. Visits to Buffalo have ended well for the Rangers in recent years, so the team will need to continue that trend to come away with two points. Here are today's news and links:

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Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks ponders what the Rangers can do in order to fix their defense corps (NY Post)
  • Justin Tasch passes along word from Henrik Lundqvist that Tuesday night's win over the Carolina Hurricanes represented the team passing a crucial test (NY Daily News)
  • Steve Zipay points out how despite New York boasting a high powered offense, the their defenseman haven't played much of a role in reaching that point (Newsday)
  • John Williams dives into Marc Staal's comeback season (Blue Line Station)
  • Justin Starr gives an update on Igor Shesterkin's progress, and how he has continues his ascent up the team's organizational depth chart (Blue Line Station)
  • Kevin Baumer offers his thoughts on Ryan Murphy and other possible solutions to New York's defensive woes (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Matt Calamia delivers another prospect update, focusing on Ty Ronning and Brad Morrison (Official Team Site)
  • He was on the ice for a shade over 300 minutes as a Ranger, and is only one of two goalies to play for all three New York state teams. Yesterday's player in the picture was.....Chad Johnson (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Sean McIndoe lists five players you may know realize were once selected in expansion drafts (The Hockey News)
  • Andrew Bottomely notes that the Rangers are now the highest valued franchise in the NHL, with Montreal and Toronto rounding out the top 3 (Sportsnet)
  • Jen Neale reports that Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson has taken a leave of absence from the team in order to take care of his wife Nicholle as she continues her battle against cancer (Puck Daddy)