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Bantering Points: 1/21/17

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News and notes for Saturday, January 21st, 2017

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I wish I had something cool and interesting to say about the Rangers getting ready to face the Detroit Red Wings tomorrow afternoon, but I don't. Tony stinks. Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Brett Cyrgalis writes about how despite New York's explosive offense has returned, it may not be enough come playoff time (NY Post)
  • Larry Brooks reveals that Alain Vigneault is looking to insert Marc Staal back into the lineup as soon as he is symptom-free from his most recent concussion, regardless of the looming All-Star break (NY Post)
  • Steve Zipay discusses how the Ranges must improve upon their middling record at Madison Square Garden (Newsday)
  • Justin Tasch relays word from Henrik Lundqvist that his winning effort against the Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday night can be used as a building block for him and the rest of the team (NY Daily News)
  • Joshua Kloke points out that Pavel Buchnevich hasn't missed a beat since returning to the lineup after more than two months due to back spasms (Sports Illustrated)
  • Justin Rutherford discusses Henrik Lundqvist and his current situation (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Chris Wengert argues that calls for Alain Vigneault to be fired are misguided (Elite Sports NY)
  • Karly Redpath and Micheal Monti each made their arguments trying to rationalize Henrik Lundqvist's recent play (Blue Line Station)
  • Matt Calamia chatted with former Ranger and 1994 Stanley Cup Champion Nick Kypreos about his feelings about the trade, his current job with Sportsnet, and more (Official Team Site)
  • He appeared in 141 games on Broadway around the turn of the century before being shipped up to Boston, where he began a streak of eight consecutive seasons with 20 goals or more. Yesterday's player in the picture was.....Mike Knuble (Wikipedia)

Around the NHL:

  • Greg Wyshynski reports that the St. Louis Blues have elected to leave struggling goaltender Jake Allen home to "break his mental lock" as the team hits makes the trek up to Winnipeg for today's game against the Jets (Puck Daddy)
  • Braydon Holmyard hears that forward Seth Griffith has been claimed off waivers for the third time in four months, as the Toronto Maple Leafs reclaimed him from the Florida Panthers (Sportsnet)
  • David Johnson pens a thought provoking article, questioning whether Corsi has begun to lose it's correlation with winning hockey games (Hockey Analysis)
  • Garret Hohl breaks down the impact of improving a team's first line vs their fourth line (Hockey Graphs)