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Bantering Points: 3/12/19

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New York Rangers v Edmonton Oilers Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Highlights: EDM 3, NYR 2 (4:17 video via NHL.com)
  • Game Recap: Another game, another loser point for the Rangers as they dropped the first leg of their annual western Canada road trip in Edmonton (CBS)
  • Greg Joyce notes that since arriving from Winnipeg, Brendan Lemieux has been the type of “energy player” coaches around the league crave for (NY Post)
  • Joyce also heard that in spite of a questionable decision to bench Tony DeAngelo, the defensemna isn’t looking for any sort of justification behind the decision (NY Post)
  • Colin Stephenson writes that Lemieux has brought an element to the Rangers that they haven’t had in years (Newsday)
  • Sean Hartnett writes that in spite of Harry Howell’s passing, the Hall of Famer’s legacy will live on as a Blueshirt (WFAN)
  • Nicholas Zararis compares the situations Neal Pionk and Tony DeAngelo have found themselves in (Blue Line Station)
  • Zararis also addressed the speculation of an imminent buyout of Kevin Shattenkirk’s contract (Blue Line Station)
  • Rob Luker dives into the numbers behind Brady Skjei’s career so far, and what he could become down the road (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Dominick Renna believes that after a pit stop in Edmonton, Ryan Strome may have found a long term home back in New York (Elite Sports NY)
  • Prospect Report: Vitali Kravtsov, K’Andre Miller, and Morgan Barron have been named the organization’s three stars of the week among prospects (Official Team Site)
  • Media Availability: David Quinn,(3:17) Alexandar Georgiev,(1:55) and Brendan Lemieux (2:05) (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • League officials are looking into reports that Toronto Maple Leafs’ defenseman Morgan Rielly was caught uttering a homophobic slur on an ice-level mic during last night’s 6-2 defeat against the Tampa Bay Lightning (TSN)
  • Adam Gretz highlights how even after a ten game winning streak that saw their coronation by fans around the league, the Buffalo Sabres are still on a dead end track going nowhere fast (NBC Sports)
  • Jared Clinton argues that with the playoffs right around the corner, the cracks in the New York Islanders’ armor are showing up at a bad time (The Hockey News)