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Bantering Points: 2/24/17

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News and notes for Friday, February 24th, 2017

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The Rangers continued their climb up the standings last night, earning two points against the Toronto Maple Leafs with a 2-1 shootout victory. With that, the team is now in 3rd Place in the Metropolitan Division, putting them on pace for a fourth consecutive playoff meeting with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The team can look  to change that tomorrow evening, when they take on the New Jersey Devils. Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Highlights: NYR 2, TOR 1 (4:39 Video via NHL.com)
  • Game Recap: Henrik Lundqvist outlasts Frederik Andersen in a goaltending duel as New York earned the third point in a shootout (CBS)
  • Larry Brooks heard from Mats Zuccarello about the pride he feels in being the Rangers' You Can Play representative (NY Post)
  • Juston Tasch relays word from Brandon Pirri about what me needs to do to keep Pavel Buchnevich out of New York's lineup (NY Daily News)
  • Shane Sander reflects on Glen Sather's 2004 fire sale, in which the longtime Rangers' general manager made a deal with every Canadian team (The Hockey Writers)
  • Scott Charles offers his thoughts on New York's 2-1 victory at the Air Canada Centre last night (Blueshirt Bulletin)
  • Alexandra Russo points out how Oscar Lindberg has flown under the radar as an effective player at Alain Vigneault's disposal this season (Blue Line Station)
  • John Williams believes that Jeff Gorton must take advantage of a seller's market, and deal Kevin Klein (Blue Line Station)
  • Brandon Cohen expresses five thoughts about the team through sixty games (Blue Line Station)
  • Postgame Notes: For only the sixth time this season, the Rangers were able to register more than thirty hits in a game, this time against the Matt Martin-led Maple Leafs (Official Team Site)
  • Postgame Interviews: Ryan McDonagh,(3:18) Henrik Lundqvist,(3:11) Alain Vigneault,(1:57) and J.T. Miller (1:25) (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Remember when the Quebec Nordiques were going to try and make a go of it instead of moving despite losing millions of dollars? If they didn't move, the team would have been wearing a new set of uniforms. And they are.......something, to say the least (The Hockey News)
  • Greg Wyshynski passes along a report from Bob McKenzie that St. Louis Blues had a deal in place to ship defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to the Tampa Bay Lightning, but the deal fell through on the basis of Shattenkirk being unwilling to sign a contract extension (Puck Daddy)
  • Andrew Berkshire highlights four overvalued players who are likely to cause buyer's remorse at the trade deadline (Sportsnet)
  • Hooks Orpik details what the Pittsburgh Penguins can expect from defenseman Ron Hainsey after acquiring him from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a 2nd Round Pick (Pensburgh)
  • hockeypassingstats demonstrates how shot quality via passing metrics can be used to predict future goals than any of the currently used public statistics (Hockey Graphs)