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News and notes for Saturday, October 7th, 2017

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Rangers are back in action tonight, as they’ll look to win their first game of the season in Toronto against the Maple Leafs. Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks hears what Filip Chytil learned from his first NHL game (NY Post)
  • Brooks also discussed how Pavel Buchnevich has begun to catch Alain Vigneault’s eye (NY Post)
  • Justin Tasch thinks that if they couldn’t beat the lowly Colorado Avalanche, the Blueshirts will be in for a rough ride against the Maple Leafs (NY Daily News)
  • Steve Zipay notes that like the rest of the NHL, the Rangers won’t be caught off guard by Toronto this season (Newsday)
  • Matt Hanson wonders if the absence of a hard skating, hard hitting banger on the team’s 4th line could be their downfall (Blue Line Station)
  • David Bruce reminisces on the pre-season and examines on which prospects saw their stock rise or fall (Blue Line Station)
  • Matthew Golda examines the team’s three paths to a successful 17-18 season (The Hockey Writers)
  • Neal Purcell ponders if the pairing of Ryan McDonagh and Kevin Shattenkirk can become one of the league’s best. Also the first article on this site is a piece saying last night’s Falconian collapse in Cleveland wasn’t Joe Girardi’s fault, so do with that what you will (Elite Sports NY)
  • Jess Rubenstein recaps the Greenville Swamp Rabbits’ 4-3 comeback victory in the season opener against the Atlanta Gladiators (Blueshirt Bulletin)
  • Matt Calamia delivers a prospect update, with bits on Lias Andersson, Igor Shesterkin, and more (Official Team Site)
  • Media Availability: Alain Vigneault,(7:21) Mika Zibanejad,(1:48) and Kevin Shattenkirk (3:00) (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Dimitri Filipovic highlights five players to watch according to analytics (Sportsnet)
  • Ryan Quigley recaps the first game in Vegas Golden Knights history, who were carried by Marc-Andrew Fleury and James Neal to a 2-1 victory in Dallas over the Stars (Knights On Ice)
  • Detroit Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou is set to begin skating with HC Lugano of the top tier Swiss league as he awaits a fair contract offer from Ken Holland (TSN)
  • James O’Brien is flabbergasted by Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper’s decision to pair Dan Girardi with Victor Hedman (NBC Sports)
  • Ryan Kennedy lists 75 players to keep an eye on as the NCAA season begins (The Hockey News)