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Bantering Points: 2/5/20

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NHL: DEC 20 Maple Leafs at Rangers Photo by Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Greg Joyce sees David Quinn’s decision to shake up his lines as an attempt to spark the team’s even strength offense (NY Post)
  • Joyce also relays word that in spite of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ need for goaltending, the Rangers won’t give them a first hand look at Alexandar Georgiev (NY Post)
  • Vincent Mercogliano notes that as a result of their line changes, the Rangers have split up Artemiy Panarin and Ryan Strome (LoHud)
  • Sean Hartnett argues against the notion of the Rangers trading Pavel Buchnevich (WFAN)
  • Steve Paulus highlights one reason the Blueshirts currently find themselves so far outside the playoff picture (Blue Line Station)
  • Sean Treppedi poses fifteen Rangers’ history questions for fans to answer (Empire Writes Back)
  • Media Availability: David Quinn (7:35) and Ryan Strome (3:19) (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Scott Charles saw that Washington Capitals’ forward Alex Ovechkin recorded a hat trick to pull within two tallies of 700 career goals (NBC Sports)
  • With the expansion draft less than 18 months away, scouts for the Seattle NHL franchise have already begun evaluating potential members of the league’s 32nd team (Sportsnet)
  • Matt Larkin pinpoints Washington Capitals’ goaltender Ilya Samsonov as a sleeper candidate to bring home the Calder Trophy (The Hockey News)