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Bantering Points: 11/13/19

Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Rangers Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Highlights: NYR 3, PIT 2 (4:57 video via
  • Game Recap: Kaapo Kakko’s first multi-goal game in the NHL propelled the Blueshirts past the Penguins (CBS)
  • Mollie Walker notes that Brad Richards spent time with the team at practice in order to help them with their struggles at the faceoff dot (NY Post)
  • Brett Cyrgalis sees the Rangers’ offensively talented youngsters making the most of their early season opportunities (NY Post)
  • Colin Stephenson asked David Quinn about morning skates becoming less and less common around the league (Newsday)
  • Stephenson also discussed how Mika Zibanejad’s absence from the lineup has been Ryan Strome’s biggest break yet (Newsday)
  • Rob Luker offered his musings on Zibanejad’s absence, Adam Fox’s emergence, and more (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Frank Curto writes that Zibanejad’s injury has devolved into a mystery at this point (Elite Sports NY)

Around the NHL:

  • Los Angeles Kings’ forward Ilya Kovalchuk was a healthy scratch for his team’s game against the Minnesota Wild last night, and is expected to remain out of the lineup indefinitely (TSN)
  • Matthew DeFranks reports that the Dallas Stars will be retiring Sergei Zubov’s #56 at some point during the 2020-21 season (Dallas News)
  • Andrew Berkshire breaks down how the Toronto Maple leafs can survive an extended absence from forward Mitch Marner (Sportsnet)
  • Matt Larkin believes that if it isn’t already frowned upon, Don Cherry’s legacy in hockey media will only look worse as time goes on (The Hockey News)
  • Frank Miles relays word that Cherry appeared on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight to offer his side of the story, and opted against walking back his comments (Fox News)