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Bantering Points: 1/22/17

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News and notes for Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

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After a few days off to enjoy their victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Rangers are back in action this afternoon against the Detroit Red Wings. In what will be their second to last trip into the legendary Joe Louis Arena, New York will look to make it a memorable one by taking two points back home with them before another game tomorrow night. Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Steve Zipay ponders whether Jimmey Vesey has finally hit the "rookie wall" (Newsday)
  • Brett Cyrgalis details how the grind of a full NHL season has started to wear Vesey down (NY Post)
  • Cyrgalis also heard from Henrik Lundqvist about his thoughts on the league's new mandate for slimmer goalie pants (NY Post)
  • Justin Tasch discusses how Michael Grabner has rebounded from a down season in Toronto to becoming a perfect fit in Alain Vigneault's system (NY Daily News)
  • Game Preview: New York will look to do their part in ending Detroit's playoff streak by earning two points on the Red Wings' home ice (CBS)
  • Donavan Burns points out how new faces in the organization have played a pivotal role in getting the Rangers to where they are in the playoff race (The Hockey Writers)
  • Jess Rubenstein offers another prospect update (Blueshirt Bulletin)
  • Pat from BSB believes that despite the team's recent play, there is still work to be done for New York before mounting a serious playoff run (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • George Ruggiero thinks that Nicklas Jensen is yet to get a fair chance to show off his skill at the NHL level (Blue Line Station)
  • Brandon Cohen checks up on former Ranger and current KHL All-Star Matt Gilroy, and how he can serve as context for Jimmy Vesey's situation (Blue Line Station)
  • Matt Calamia sat down with Adam Clendening, and discussed how the sparsely-used defenseman has been able to build chemistry with Brady Skjei in the wake of Marc Staal's injury (Official Team Site)
  • Post Practice Interviews: Alain Vigneault,(7:43) Rick Nash,(1:23) and Dan Girardi(0:58)

Around the NHL:

  • Kyle Canton makes the case for Vancouver's Daniel and Henrik Sedin as the best brothers in NHL history (Puck Daddy)
  • Joe Pack listened to the always-wise Don Cherry about why children should use smaller pucks than the NHL's regulation size (Sportsnet)
  • Winnipeg Jets superstar forward Patrik Laine is set to return to full practice today after recovering from a consussion (TSN)