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Bantering Points: 3/10/19

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Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Highlights: NYR 4, NJD 2 (4:32 video via NHL.com)
  • Game Recap: Libor Hajek’s first NHL goal helped dig the Blueshirts out of a 2-0 hole after the first period and mount a comeback to earn two points (CBS)
  • Greg Joyce writes that even with nothing to play for in the standings, the final month of the season isn’t without meaning for New York (NY Post)
  • Larry Brooks suggests that if Kevin Shattenkirk doesn’t turn things around soon, his name could be on the chopping block via a buyout (NY Post)
  • Pat Keogh examines what could happen if the Rangers’ goaltender succession path doesn’t go according to plan (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Justin Bonhard thinks that Brendan Lemieux has been better than expected since arriving from Winnipeg at the trade deadline (Elite Sports NY)
  • Jess Isner details the backstory on how Pavel Buchnevich ended up donning a Team USA jersey at yesterday’s practice session (Official Team Site)
  • Media Availability: Vladislav Namestnikov (1:29) (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Adam Gretz lists four stunning statistics as the final four weeks of the regular season gets underway (NBC Sports)
  • Two goals from forward Nikita Kucherov helped the Tampa Bay Lightning defeat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2, as well as cement Kucherov’s place in the Lightning’s single season record books (TSN)
  • 2018 6th overall selection Quinn Hughes is expected to sign an entry-level contract with the Vancouver Canucks in the wake of his NCAA season coming to a close (Sportsnet)
  • Ryan Kennedy notes that after going all in at the trade deadline, the Columbus Blue Jackets are getting a little too close for comfort to the cutoff for qualifying for the playoffs (The Hockey News)