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Bantering Points: 11/24/17

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TORONTO - OCTOBER 26:  Right wing Mikael Samuelsson #37 of the New York Rangers skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the NHL game on October 26, 2002 at the Air Canada Centre,Toronto, Canada.  The Rangers won 4-3.  (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images/NHLI) Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images/NHLI

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks reports that the Rangers are expected to allow Filip Chytil to represent the Czech Republic in the World Junior Championships next month (NY Post)
  • Brooks also discusses J.T. Miller’s evolution into one of the team’s most important cogs (NY Post)
  • Justin Tasch argues that Brendan Smith has justified his contract extension with his play thus far (NY Daily News)
  • Dominick Renna examines what Blueshirts fans have to the thankful for (Elite Sports NY)
  • Jack Winter reports that Mika Zibanejad did his best Preston Parker impression at practice (FanRag)
  • Brady Skjei interviewed Kevin Shattenkirk to discuss his favorite Thanksgiving traditions (1:26 video via Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Travis Yost highlights the current front runners for the league’s individual awards (TSN)
  • Rory Boylen breaks down why Thanksgiving is a major indicator of a team’s chances for playoff qualification (Sportsnet)
  • Raphielle Johnson passes along word that the Los Angeles Kings acquired forward Torrey Mitchell from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a conditional 5th Round selection in the 2018 draft (FanRag)
  • Matt Larkin dives into the NHL’s 12.4% increase and scoring at what it could mean over an entire season (The Hockey News)