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Bantering Points: 12/2/16

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After falling to the Buffalo Sabres last night by a margin of 4-3, the New York Rangers continued they only thing they've been consistent at recently: Being inconsistent. Last night's regulation loss marked the eight consecutive game where New York has gotten a different result than the previous contest, and they'll look to continue that trend with a win tomorrow night against the Carolina Hurricanes. Here are today's news and links:

I stumped you this time, didn't I?
I stumped you this time, didn't I?
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Rangers News:

  • Highlights: BUF 4, NYR 3 (Video via NHL.com)
  • Steve Zipay recaps last night's 4-3 loss against the Buffalo Sabres (Newsday)
  • Sean Hartnett thinks that the time has come for Rangers fans to start having trust in head coach Alain Vigneault (CBS)
  • John Williams attempts to show how Brady Skjei bas been a key cog in the Rangers' operation through the team's first seven weeks (Blue Line Station)
  • Timothy Haggerty speculates what it would take for New York to pull off a blockbuster trade for Calgary Flames' defenseman Dougie Hamilton (Blue Line Station)
  • Dave Shapiro sized up the is year's version of the Rangers prior to last night's game against Buffalo (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Christian Nehls points out how Kevin Klein's meteoric crash back down to Earth this season might be too much for New York to overcome (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Dan Akeson offers his musings from last nights loss at the KeyBank Center (Blueshirt Bulletin)
  • Matt Calamia delivers yet another prospect update, with bits on Ryan Gropp's most recent multi point effort, which inches the former 2nd Round Pick slightly closer to the point-per-game mark, and updates on Gabriel Fontaine, Tim Gettinger, and Adam Chapie (Official Team Site)
  • Postgame Notes: After struggling to contribute goals earlier in the season, Rangers' defenseman did their part last night by scoring two-thirds of the team's goals (Official Team Site)
  • Postgame Interviews: Alain Vigneault, (1:54) Henrik Lundqvist, (2:40) Ryan McDonagh, (1:22) and Marc Staal (0:58) (Official Team Site)
  • He played in 45 games as a Ranger and was the first in a long line of disappointing #12's for New York before being shipped to Alberta for Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust. Yesterday's player in the picture was.....Alex Kotalik (2:09 Video via Youtube)

Around the NHL:

  • Travis Yost authors another excellent piece, taking note of how the balance of power in the NHL has seemingly shifted towards the Metropolitan Division (TSN)
  • Sean McIndoe feels that the league and player's association can learn from the MLB and MLBPA's recent CBA negotitaions (Sportsnet)
  • Jared Clinton lists top 5 most cost efficient scorers throughout the NHL through the early portion of the season (The Hockey News)
  • Josh Cooper reports that former Florida Panthers' coach Gerard Gallant thinks people have been overreacting to the pictures of him leaving PNC Arena in a taxi (Puck Daddy)