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Bantering Points: 1/21/20

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NHL: JAN 13 Islanders at Rangers Photo by Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Larry Brooks thinks the All-Star break couldn’t come at a better time for Kaapo Kakko (NY Post)
  • Brooks also discusses how Henrik Lundqvist has been contributing to the Blueshirts even as he has spent the majority of the new year riding pine (NY Post)
  • Colin Stephenson hears that David Quinn has already moved past his squad’s heartbreaking loss against Columbus, and is focused on the Islanders (Newsday)
  • Sean Hartnett argues that it’d behoove the Rangers to give Igor Shesterkin the lion’s share of starts in net going forward (WFAN)
  • Vincent Mercogliano ponders how Ryan Strome and Pavel Buchnevich will bounce back from their rough nights on Sunday (LoHud)
  • Tom Albano opines about the seemingly re-ignited rivalry between the Rangers and Islanders (The Hockey Writers)
  • Steve Paulus delivers an update on the Blueshirts’ prospects playing their trade in Canadian major juniors (Blue Line Station)
  • Frank Curto highlights Adam Fox (along with New York Mets’ 1B Pete Alonso) as a bright spot in a sea of insipid mediocrity (Elite Sports NY)

Around the NHL:

  • Mark Spector sat down with Edmonton Oilers general manager Ken Holland to discuss his second half plans, the battle of Alberta, and more (Sportsnet)
  • Travis Yost ponders why teams across the league have been outscoring their expected goal outputs by a significant margin (TSN)
  • Steven Ellis questions what the Montreal Canadiens will do with Ilya Kovalchuk once they return to full health (The Hockey News)