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Bantering Points: 3/7/17

News and notes for Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

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After escaping Tampa with two points last night, the Rangers are back in action tonight as they continue their swing through Florida with a game against the Florida Panthers. Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Highlights: NYR 1, TB 0 (4:04 Video via
  • Game Recap: A strong effort from Antti Raanta and Mika Zibanejad's second overtime goal in less than two weeks led New York past Tampa Bay (CBS)
  • Game Preview: With the Panthers desperately clawing for every point that they can get, the Rangers will have to do everything in their power to stop a desperate team in order to leave the Sunshine State with four points (CBS)
  • Larry Brooks reports that Adam Clendening was not happy with the decision for him to sit as a healthy scratch in favor of journeyman AHLer Steven Kampfer (NY Post)
  • Steve Zipay hears from Tanner Glass about his mindset now that he's back in the NHL (Newsday)
  • Scott Charles offers his thoughts about last night's 1-0 from Amalie Arena (Blueshirt Bulletin)
  • Dave Shapiro vocalized his opinions on Jeff Gorton's decision to recall Tanner Glass and Steven Kampfer (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • John Williams doesn't think Tanner Glass can provide the answer to any questions the Rangers are facing as they march into the playoffs (Blue Line Station)
  • David Bruce examines how Brendan Smith could be a fit next to Ryan McDonagh on New York's top pair (Blue Line Station)
  • Mike Murphy believes that the Rangers have a potentially special player in Brady Skjei (FanRag)
  • Robby Sabo breaks down why Jesper Fast is New York's most important forward (Elite Sports NY)
  • Postgame Notes: Tanner Glass was on the ice for 5:17 last night, slightly more than his 5:00 in penalty minutes, as Alain Vigneault looks to ease the gritty forward back into the swing of things before leaning on him like he has in years past (Official Team Site)
  • Postgame Interviews: Antti Raanta,(2:55) Alain Vigneault,(1:54) Ryan McDonagh,(1:37) and Mika Zibanejad (1:41) (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Josh Cooper relays word that faceoffs, shot blocking, and three-point wins were some of the main talking point at yesterday's NHL general manager meeting in Florida (Puck Daddy)
  • Jared Clinton lists five teams who would be better off making one of their alternate jerseys their primary sweaters for home games (The Hockey News)
  • Frank Seravalli notes that the Vegas Golden Knights signed forward Reid Duke of the WHL's Brandon Wheat Kings, marking the first official signing in franchise history (TSN)
  • Luke Fox dives into how the NHL's playoff format will end up punishing the teams in the Metropolitan Division this season (Sportsnet)