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Bantering Points: 12/16/18

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NHL: New York Rangers at Vegas Golden Knights Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks notes that while it may not be obvious, David Quinn isn’t scratching Lias Andersson for no reason (NY Post)
  • Greg Joyce gives his assessment on the boneheaded sequence from Neal Pionk that led to the Arizona Coyotes’ first goal on Friday (NY Post)
  • Joyce also heard that Adam McQuaid is inching closer to a return to the lineup (NY Post)
  • Colin Stephenson ponders whether or not Kevin Hayes will survive Fire Sale II: Electric Boogaloo (Newsday)
  • Sean Hartnett highlights how K’Andre Miler has unexpectedly emerged as one of the organization’s most electrifying prospects in years (WFAN)
  • Steve Paulus takes a look at two possible landing spots for Hayes should he be traded (Blue Line Station)
  • Paulus also discussed what New York needs to do to come away with two points from today’s matchup with Vegas (Blue Line Station)
  • Nicholas Zararis suggests that blowing multiple goal leads doesn’t bode well for the future (Blue Line Station)
  • Jack Loennecker ponders if the time has come to move on from Kevin Shattenkirk (Elite Sports NY)
  • Tom Castro thinks that Pavel Buchnevich will resume his breakout season after returning from his broken thumb (The Hockey Writers)
  • Michael Obernauer previews today’s matinee against the reigning Western Conference champion Vegas Golden Knights (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Madeline Kenny relays word that Chicago Blackhawks’ mascot Tommy Hawk was caught fighting with a fan after Chicago’s 4-3 loss against the Winnipeg Jets (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • Chad DeDominicis reports that the Buffalo Sabres’ have suspended forward Patrik Berglund for “failure to report to the team” (Die By The Blade)
  • Josh Beneteau hears that a rough road trip through western Canada could mean the end of the line for Philadephia Flyers’ head coach Dave Hakstol (Sportsnet)