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Bantering Points: 12/23/18

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New York Rangers v Toronto Maple Leafs Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Highlights: TOR 5, NYR 3 (4:33 video via NHL.com)
  • Game Recap: The Rangers found themselves on the wrong end of an offensive outburst from Toronto that cost them two points (CBS)
  • Greg Joyce notes that Brett Howden doesn’t want to run into the infamous “rookie wall” later in the season (NY Post)
  • Larry Brooks suggests that the Brady Skjei-Adam McQuaid defensive pairing could be a bright spot in an otherwise dim season (NY Post)
  • Brooks also notes that David Quinn is giving Henrik Lundqvist enough game action to keep the Swedish netminder sharp (NY Post)
  • Colin Stephenson heard from Cristoval Nieves about his concussion history (Newsday)
  • Dave Shapiro dives into the numbers behind the first two and a half months of New York’s season (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Billy McInerney offers up his protection list as of right now for the 2021 expansion draft (Eite Sports NY)
  • Joseph Krause ponders if the Rangers should trade Kevin Hayes, or extend him and stitch a “C” onto his jersey (The Hockey Writers)
  • Steve Paulus checks in on a handful of former Rangers still kicking around the league (Blue Line Station)

Around the NHL:

  • Buffalo Sabres play-by-play announcer Rick Jeanneret was taken out of the press box on a stretch following an incident during last night’s game against the Anaheim Ducks (NBC Sports)
  • Josh Beneteau relayed word that the Philadelphia Flyers have had conversations with the Los Angeles Kings concerning the availability of goaltender Jonathan Quick (Sportsnet)
  • San Jose Sharks’ defenseman Erik Karlsson is set to have a hearing following his illegal blindside headshot on Los Angeles Kings’ forward Austin Wagner (TSN)