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Bantering Points: 12/5/19

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New York Rangers v Columbus Blue Jackets Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks relays word that Kaapo Kaako will skate on New York’s top powerplay unit against the Blue Jackets tonight (NY Post)
  • Brooks also heard that the team plans on making Artemiy Panarin’s return to Columbus a special one (NY Post)
  • Anthony Riber hears from Panarin himself about his return to the city he’d spent half of his NHL career prior to signing with the Rangers (Newsday)
  • Vincent Mercogliano updates us with all of the line changes at from yesterday’s practice session (LoHud)
  • Steve Paulus highlights the Eastern Conference’s mushy middle as a reason for optimism regarding the Blueshirts’ playoff hopes (Blue Line Station)
  • Frank Curto thinks that the team’s lopsided loss against Vegas exposed some fatal flaws (Elite Sports NY)
  • Sean Treppedi argues that Brendan Lemieux has emerged as Sean Avery’s long awaited successor on Broadway (Empire Writes Back)
  • Micheal Obernauer discusses how tonight’s game in the Buckeye State will be anything but ordinary (Official Team Site)
  • Media Availability: David Quinn (6:55) (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Elliotte Friedman authors another edition of 31 Thoughts (Sportsnet)
  • James O’Brien details why the Tampa Bay Lightning’s upcoming sate of games could tell the tale of their season (NBC Sports)
  • Derek Gagnon reports that the Winnipeg Jets have claimed forward Nick Shore off waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs, and assigned forward Michael Spacek to AHL Manitoba (Arctic Ice Hockey)
  • Ken Campbell ponders if Mike Babcock will ever get another shot coaching in the NHL again (The Hockey News)