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Bantering Points: 12/3/16

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For the second time in five days, the New York Rangers will look to bounce back from an uninspiring loss with a home game against the Carolina Hurricanes. While they managed to defeat Carolina on Tuesday night, the Hurricanes were able to poke a number holes in the Rangers' game plan, and New York will have to adjust accordingly. Here are today's news and links:

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Rangers News:

  • Section 336 does his job by fighting the good fight, as he broke down why you should not worry about Henrik Lundqvist going forward despite some rough patches this season (Blueshirt Banter Fanpost)
  • Justin Tasch reports that after sitting out Thursday night's game as a healthy scratch, Kevin Klein will draw back into the lineup later today (NY Daily News)
  • Steve Zipay passes along word from Alain Vigneault that he believes the New York Islanders are a better team than their record indicates (Newsday)
  • Game Preview: The Hurricanes invade Madison Square Garden for their final game at the world's most famous arena at 1:00 PM (CBS)
  • Brandon Cohen believes that New York is continuing to waste Ryan McDonagh's potential by giving him impossible scenarios to succeed in (Blue Line Station)
  • John Williams thinks the time has come for the Rangers to trade Kevin Klein (Blue Line Station)
  • Chris Johnston heard from Jimmy Vesey that the former Nashville and Buffalo prospect "couldn't be happier" to have signed with the New York Rangers (Sportsnet)
  • Matt Calamia gives an update on two of New York's Russian prospects, Igor Shesterkin and Sergei Zborovskiy (Official Team Site)
  • Post Practice Interviews: Alain Vigneault, (5:14) Chris Kreider, (0:59) Kevin Klein, (0:41) Kevin Hayes, (1:13) and Ryan McDonagh (1:13)
  • He played in 49 games for the Rangers after the lockout, and will go down as the second to last player to wear #18 in franchise history. Yesterday's player in the picture was.....Adam Hall (Wikipedia)

Around the NHL:

  • With the expansion draft looming THN takes a look back at the best team on each modern expansion team (The Hockey News)
  • Adam Gretz writes that the NHLPA has officially rejected a proposal that would've guaranteed NHL Olympic participation in 2018 in exchange for a three year extension to the current CBA (NBC Sports)
  • Ryan Lambert takes a look at the unluckiest shooters in the league so far (Puck Daddy)