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Bantering Points: 1/16/17

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News and notes for Monday, January 16th, 2017

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With the Marek Hrivik era officially ending yesterday afternoon for the Rangers, the team will look to move forward and continue preparations for tomorrow night's matchup against the Dallas Stars. Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Brett Cyrgalis believes that unless Henrik Lundqvist ups his game, New York's season is going to end sooner than they would like (NY Post)
  • Steve Zipay notes that with the lower-body injury affecting Antti Raanta, Lundqvist will get plenty of reps to work through his issues (Newsday)
  • Justin Tasch argues that shoddy defensive play has contributed to the Rangers' sub-par goaltending (NY Daily News)
  • Tom Dianora thinks that the team will need to tighten up defensively in order to go on a playoff run (The Hockey Writers)
  • Donavan Burns thinks that an upgrade among New York's defenseman is required to help bail out Henrik Lundqvist (The Hockey Writers)
  • Dave Shapiro recapped the Hartford Wolfpack's Saturday night 4-2 loss against the St. John's Icecaps (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Karly Redpath points out how the Rangers' resiliency has been a major factor in a strong first half (Blue Line Station)
  • Brandon Cohen attempts to argue that the team's fans should praise Jeff Gorton for signing Brandon Pirri in spite of Pirri's awful play on Broadway (Blue Line Station)
  • He was one of the first four Russian players to get his name on the Stanley Cup, and was traded for Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille over the summer of 1995. Yesterday's play in the picture was.....Sergei Zubov (Wikipedia)

Around the NHL:

  • Sean Leahy passes along word that former Arizona Coyotes prospect and Tuscon Roadrunners captain Craig Cunningham attended a Roadrunners game during a surprise visit (Puck Daddy)
  • Jared Clinton lists the top five moments from the now-defunct All-Star Breakaway Challenge (The Hockey News)
  • Joe Pack speculates whether or not Edmonton Oilers superstar forward Connor McDavid is the fastest player in NHL history (Sportsnet)