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Bantering Points: 12/5/16

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After spending a lazy Sunday enjoying themselves, the New York Rangers are back on the practice ice once more, as they continue to prepare for tomorrow night's game against the New York Islanders. The Rangers will look to make it two wins in a row against their division rival, as they continue their quest to avenge last season's regular season sweep at the hands of their Brooklyn-based foes. Here are today's news and links:

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Rangers News:

  • Barbara Hoffman examines what books Marc Staal keeps in his personal library (NY Post)
  • Justin Tasch points out that the Rangers are have yet to lose consecutive games in regulation despite their defensive woes (NY Daily News)
  • Brandon Cohen believes that the Rangers' most All-Star worthy candidate was left off the ballot (Blue Line Station)
  • George Ruggiero breaks down why Oscar Lindberg hasn't been able to regain the form from his rookie season (Blue Line Station)
  • Michael Monti writes that Jesper Fast doesn't belong in he team's top six, despite Alain Vigneault's desire to put him there (Blue Line Station)
  • Dave Shapiro recaps the Hartford Wolfpack's 3-2 victory over the Toronto Marlies from Saturday (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Matt Calamia delivers another prospect update, with bits on Sergei Zborovskiy, Ryan Gropp, Cristoval Nieves, Igor Shesterkin, and more (Official Team Site)
  • He played 65 games on Broadway, and he's most noted for being traded for Eric Lindros and getting suspended twice for a combined 55 games within a calendar year. Yesterday's player in the picture was.....Chris Simon (Wikipedia)
  • Apologies for the sub-par notes, not much going on yesterday in the hockey world. Here's some highlights from the Rangers first trip into Barclays' last season, which I recall being an entertaining game (2:56 Video via Youtube)

Around the NHL:

  • Matt Larkin chatted with eight reputable members of the NHL goaltending community, and asked about their thoughts about the game today compared to years past (The Hockey News)
  • Jen Neale passes along word that Chicago Blackhawks' captain Jonathan Toews' nagging back injury hasn't gotten better in the weeks since it's occurrence (Puck Daddy)
  • Jenny Berman reviews the Islanders' 4-3 loss against the Detroit Red Wings last night, in what will be their last game before hosting the Rangers (Lighthouse Hockey)