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Bantering Points: 2/16/20

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New York Rangers Vs Boston Bruins At TD Garden Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Brett Cyrgalis discusses how “resting Buch face” has become a thing of the past due to Pavel Buchnevich’s strong play as of late (NY Post)
  • Cyrgalis also notes that the Blueshirts have managed to tune out the noise surrounding Henrik Lundqvist and Chris Kreider (NY Post)
  • Peter Botte details Igor Shesterkin’s ascension to the top of New York’s goaltending depth chart (NY Post)
  • Colin Stephenson writes that Kreider’s strong play as of late has given the Rangers reason to pause before moving on from their star winger (Newsday)
  • Brandon Cohen believes that the time has come for Lundqvist and the Rangers to separate themselves (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Steve Paulus highlights how even on their night off, New York’s standing in the playoff picture got significantly better (Blue Line Station)
  • Brian Paget argues that the Blueshirts can’t afford to let Chris Kreider get away from them (Elite Sports NY)

Around the NHL:

  • Jared Clinton lists five potential destinations for Bruce Boudreau in the wake of his questionable firing by the Minnesota Wild (The Hockey News)
  • Sie Morley reports that San Jose Sharks’ defenseman Erik Karlsson will miss the remainder of the season with a broken thumb (Fear The Fin)
  • James O’Brien hears that the Carolina Hurricanes will host a game in the 2021 Stadium Series at Carter-Finley Stadium on the campus of the NC State Wolfpack (NBC Sports)
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs are making progress towards a four year contract extension with defenseman Jake Muzzin (Sportsnet)