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Bantering Points: 12/2/17

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 01:  Michael Grabner #40 of the New York Rangers celebrates his goal in the second period against Scott Darling #33 of the Carolina Hurricanes during their game at Madison Square Garden on December 01, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Around the NHL:

  • Highlights: NYR 5, CAR 1 (3:50 video via NHL.com)
  • Game Recap: Michael Grabner’s natural hat trick powered New York to their 14th consecutive home win against the Hurricanes (CBS)
  • Sean Hartnett heard from Rick Nash about how the snakebitten forward isn’t worried about changing his game to score more goals (CBS)
  • Justin Tasch caught up with Nash to discuss the focred retirement of his former teammate in New York and Columbus, Vancouver Canucks forward Derek Dorsett (NY Daily News)
  • Brett Cyrgalis argues that the league-wide explosion in scoring has created more problems than it’s solved (NY Post)
  • Raquel Laneri hears that the Rangers are set to have an outdoor practice at Central Park today at 12:00 PM (NY Post)
  • Steve Zipay goes in-depth on how Mika Zibanejad’s absence affected the team’s power play (Newsday)
  • Neal Purcell profiles the organization’s sixth round pick from last summer’s draft, Morgan Barron (Elite Sports NY)
  • Jack Milewski breaks down why residents of Rangerstown should be happy that OScar Lindberg is playing in Vegas (Blue Line Station)
  • Wilhelm Holmberg details how Henrik Lundqvist has changed the way people in Sweden watch and evaluate hockey (Blueshirts Breakaway)
  • Media Availability: Henrik Lundqvist (3:30) and Michael Grabner (0:57) (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Sean Leahy relays word that former Pittsburgh Penguin Jarome Iginla is unlikely to represent Canada in the 2018 Winter Olympics (NBC Sports)
  • Garret Hohl dives into the pluses and minuses of hockey statistics, what makes some useful and valuable, and what makes others useless or misleading (Hockey Graphs)
  • Ryan Kennedy argues that the Sedin brothers should remain in Vancouver until the time they can retire as lifelong Canucks (The Hockey News)
  • Rory Boylen ponders of the Vegas Golden Knights will be sellers at the trade deadline if they remain in the playoff race (Sportsnet)
  • Forward Nathan Walker, the first Australian to skate in an NHL game, has been claimed off waivers by the Edmonton Oilers from the Washington Capitals (TSN)