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Bantering Points: 12/30/18

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NHL: New York Rangers at Nashville Predators Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Highlights: NYR 4, NSH 3 (video via NHL.com)
  • Game Recap: The trio of Chris Kreider, Jesper Fast, and Mika Zibanejad ran roughshod over Nashville to the tune of ten points as the Rangers earned two points (NY Daily News)
  • Larry Brooks argues that Kevin Shattenkirk needs more ice time in order to avoid a redux of the Keith Yandle situation (NY Post)
  • Colin Stephenson notes that the plethora of overtime losses as of late are starting to wear on the Blueshirts (Newsday)
  • Dominick Renna believes that David Quinn and Jeff Gorton failed Lias Andersson (Elite Sports NY)
  • Dave Shapiro ponders how the Rangers could alleviate themselves of Brendan Smith’s problematic contract (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Nicholas Zararis examines how Kevin Hayes has busted out of his slow start and emerged as an offensive force as of late (Blue Line Station)
  • Postgame Notes: It might have taken him seventeen (17) attempts, but David Quinn finally secured his first regulation win away from Madison Square Garden (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Emily Sadler wades into the fallout of expletive-laden comments the Dallas Stars’ CEO made concerning his superstar duo of Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn (Sportsnet)
  • Katya Knappe relays word that the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired goaltander Michael Hutchison from the Florida Panthers in exchange for a fifth round selection in the 2020 Entry Draft (Pension Plan Puppets)
  • John Tavares’ first reunion with his former team went poorly for him, as the Maple Leafs were shutout by a 4-0 margin at home against the New York Islanders (TSN)