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Bantering Points: 3/30/17

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News and notes for Thursday, March 30th, 2017

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Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks doesn’t think the Rangers season is over quite yet (NY Post)
  • Justin Tasch comments on the somber demeanor of New York’s locker room, even after nailing down a playoff spot (NY Daily News)
  • Dave Shapiro answers questions about the expansion draft and possible playoff lines (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Shapiro also believes that the Blueshirts’ struggles throughout March should raise some red flags as the team heads into the playoffs (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Derek Radich examines who Alain Vigneault can roll with in his lineup as the team gets ready to mount a serious playoff run (Elite Sports NY)
  • Brandon Cohen points out five stats from the 16-17 season that may surprise you (Blue Line Station)
  • Justin Starr names the top five right wingers to don the Rangers sweater since the lockout (Blue Line Station)
  • Matt Calamia sat down with recent signee Vinni Lettieri about his decision to come to New York (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Chris Johnston reports that the league will be releasing each team’s list of protected players in the upcoming expansion draft, as the league has decided to change its stance on the matter (Sportsnet)
  • The Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings will square off in a pair of exhibition games in China next September, with one in Shanghai and the other in Beijing, as per Gary Bettman (TSN)
  • Matt Larkin takes a look back at some things that have changed since the Edmonton Oilers last made the playoffs in 2006 (The Hockey News)
  • namitanandakumar break down how to exploit variance within the NHL Draft (Hockey Graphs)