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Bantering Points: 3/4/17

News and notes for Saturday, March 4th, 2017

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The Rangers will continue their run of games against Original Six teams tonight, as the welcome the Montreal Canadiens into town. New York has lost the previous two meetings this season, so look for the team to earn a victory tonight and use it as a confidence builder as these two teams continue down the path of a likely first-round playoff series. Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Brett Cyrgalis highlights Oscar Lindberg's return to form as a key component on New York's recent success (NY Post)
  • Justin Tasch shares Brendan Smith's thoughts on the Rangers' team speed, and how Ryan McDonagh helped the newest Ranger adjust in first game (NY Daily News)
  • Steve Zipay previews tonight's matchup between the high-flying Rangers and the rough and tough Montreal Canadiens (Newsday)
  • Justin Rutherford offers his thought's on how the Rangers look as they enter the stretch run (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Dave Shapiro answered fan questions from Twitter about how the Rangers will handle having eight "NHL-caliber" defenseman, how the lines and pairings will shake out, and more (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Brandon Cohen suggests that New York's fans shouldn't fret about the team's abysmal power play as of late (Blue Line Station)
  • Cohen also examined the storylines that the Rangers will be facing as they head into the playoffs (Blue Line Station)
  • Chris Wengert pens a state of the union address ahead of tonight's game against the Canadiens (Elite Sports NY)

Around the NHL:

  • Ken Campbell suggests that fans should no longer be tricked into thinking the trade deadline is the same as it once was (The Hockey News)
  • Sean Leahy reminisces on Pittsburgh Penguins' defenseman Mark Streit's time as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning (Puck Daddy)
  • In honor of P.K Subban's emotional return to Montreal, here are the top five crying moments in NHL history (Sportsnet)
  • Pierre LeBrun predicts that despite a slow deadline day, there should be a plethora of moves as teams prepare for the Expansion Draft and Entry Draft once the offseason begins (TSN)