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Bantering Points: 3/18/17

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News and notes for Saturday, March 18th, 2017

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The Rangers continued their struggles at Madison Square Garden last night as they dropped their matchup with the Florida Panthers by a score of 4-3. Fortunately, the team will need to put the loss out of their memory quickly, as they're will hit the ice again later tonight at the Xcel Energy Center to take on the Minnesota Wild. Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Highlights: FLA 4, NYR 3 (3:46 Video via NHL.com)
  • Game Recap: Florida's desperation ended up being too much for the Rangers to handle as they fell in a shootout (CBS)
  • Game Preview: New York looks to put its home struggles behind them as they head back on the road (CBS)
  • Brett Cyrgalis points out how Rick Nash took issue with getting punched in the face during last night's contest (NY Post)
  • Steve Zipay sees that despite spending a night in the press box, Pavel Buchnevich received a positive endorsement from Alain Vigneaut (Newsday)
  • Scott Charles offers his thoughts from last night's 4-3 defeat at the worlds's most famous arena (Blueshirt Bulletin)
  • Dave Shapiro attempts to project the team's defensive pairs before heading into the playoffs (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Alexandra Russo examines who should earn the final regular lineup spot once Jesper Fast is healthy (Blue Line Station)
  • Postgame Notes: Brendan Smith played against his brother Reilly Smith last night (Official Team Site)
  • Postgame Interviews: Alain Vigneault,(2:20) Antti Raanta,(1:46) Ruck Nash,(1:22) and Derek Stepan (1:03) (Official Team Site)
  • He never played a meaningful game as a New York Ranger, but he did appear in two NHL games for the Florida Panthers in 2011. Yesterday's player in the picture was.....Hugh Jessiman (Wikipedia)

Around the NHL:

  • David Singh dives into the numbers to sum up how good Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr has been since turning 40 years old (Sportsnet)
  • Dom Luszczyszyn takes a look at how despite strong shot attempt metrics, the Los Angeles Kings are in danger of missing the playoffs for the second time in three seasons (The Hockey News)
  • Sean Leahy relays word that the Montreal Canadiens will visit the Ottawa Senators at TD Place Stadium next season in honor of the league's centennial celebration (Puck Daddy)
  • Pierre LeBrun heard from Arizona Coyotes defenseman Chris Pronger about how the Hall of Fame defenseman would like to become a general manager one day (TSN)