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Bantering Points: 12/6/16

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With the team's off days finally in the rear view mirror, game day has arrived for the New York Rangers. Tonight. they'll make their first trip of the season into Brooklyn as the New York Islanders welcome them into the luxurious Barclays Center. After an unexpected recall of Marek Hrivik, look for the long time AHLer to do everything in his power to stay in the big leagues for the long term. Here are today's news and links:

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Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks speculates that a game against their hated rivals could be the what the Rangers need in order to bust out of their "slump" (NY Post)
  • Brett Cyrgalis believes that Chris Kreider and his linemates will need to shoulder the offensive load for the Rangers to have any success until they get healthy again (NY Post)
  • Justin Tasch agrees with Brooks' assessment, and pens his own piece on tonight's matchup (NY Daily News)
  • Brian Heyman offers a different take, suggesting that the Rangers should be a good test for the Islanders in spite of both teams struggles as of late (Newsday)
  • Game Preview: The two New York teams are set to add another chapter into the story of their heated rivalry (CBS)
  • Dave Shapiro points out how both of the Rangers' special teams units have played a major role in the team's success so far (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Christian Nehls suggests that patience is required in order to let Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, and J.T. Miller work through their inconsistencies (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Tom Dianora thinks Brady Skjei's play has been a bright spot for New York this year (The Hockey Writers)
  • Brandon Cohen expresses his thoughts on how the Rangers can fix their sub-pa defense corps (Blue Line Station)
  • Sean McIndoe speculates that something may be wrong with the New York Rangers (Sportsnet)
  • Post Practice Interviews: Henrik Lundqvist, (2:48) Ryan McDonagh, (1:13) Alain Vigneault, (5:57) Marc Staal, (1:41) and Marek Hrivik (2:12)
  • He played 39 games for the Rangers over parts of five seasons, and is now the best analyst on the MSG family of networks. Yesterday's player in the picture was.....Stephen Valiquette (Clear Sight Development)

Around the NHL:

  • Tony Griffo ranks the eight teams of the Metropolitan Division (Blue Line Station)
  • Cam Rucker reports that likely 1st Overall Pick of the 2017 NHL Draft Nolan Patrick will miss the World Junior Championships due to an upper-body injury (NBC Sports)
  • Sean Leahy passes along tragic news, as it has been determined that former NHLer Marek Svatos died of a drug overdose last month (Puck Daddy)
  • Scott Cullen releases another edition of his Power Rankings, and the Rangers find themselves atop the league once again