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Bantering Points: 12/18/18

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NHL: New York Rangers at Anaheim Ducks Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Brett Cyrgalis heard from Chris Kreider regarding the team’s current mentality (NY Post)
  • Cyrgalis also notes that Henrik Lundqvist will be enjoying a well-earned night off as the Rangers welcome the Anaheim Ducks to town tonight (NY Post)
  • Sean Hartnett discusses how the skaters in front of Lundqvist keep letting their franchise netminder down, along with the fans they play for (WFAN)
  • Colin Stephenson chatted with Alexandar Georgiev about the team’s decision to shuttle him between the NHL and AHL to maximize his playing time (Newsday)
  • Dave Shapiro answers questions team defense and the fate of Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Frank Curto throws his hat into the rink of pleading for help in front of Henrik Lundqvist (Elite Sports NY)
  • Nicholas Zararis wonders if extenuating circumstances have left the Rangers without an opportunity to move Adam McQuaid prior to the trade deadline (Blue Line Station)
  • Jennifer Moglia highlights New York Islanders’ malcontent Josh Ho-Sang as a potential reclamation project for the Blueshirts (Blue Line Station)
  • Rick Nashtag takes a look at Brady Skjei and defending zone entries. (Again I’m Right in My Analysis)
  • Steve Paulus tells us why coming away with a win over Anaheim is essential tonight (Blue Line Station)
  • Michael Obernauer previews tonight’s contest against the Anaheim Ducks (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Adam Gretz ponders what’s next for the Philadelphia Flyers after firing Dave Hakstol and failing to land Joel Quenneville (NBC Sports)
  • Chris Johnston chatted with Toronto Maple Leafs’ general manager Kyle Dubas about his team’s plethora of soon-to-be restricted free agents and the threat of an offer sheet (Sportsnet)
  • Travis Yost dives into the numbers regarding early season point-paces and qualifying for the playoffs (TSN)