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Bantering Points: 7/30/20

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New York Islanders v New York Rangers Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Highlights: NYI 2, NYR 1 (5:02 video via NHL.com)
  • Game Recap: Igor Shesterkin and Henrik Lundqvist split time in last night’s exhibition matchup in the final opportunity to make their case as the team’s playoff starter (Newsday)
  • Larry Brooks notes that the Blueshirts dodged a bullet, as Marc Staal’s injury that forced him to leave the game was only a minor one (NY Post)
  • Brooks also forsees some issues in the upcoming contract negotiations with Jesper Fast (NY Post)
  • Matt Cosman believes that the Rangers provide a tall task for the Carolina Hurricanes to overcome in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers (The Hockey Writers)
  • Steve Paulus writes that with their lone exhibition match in the rearview mirror, the Blueshirts will be all business moving forward (Blue Line Station)

Around the NHL:

  • After being fired by the Toronto Maple Leafs in November, Mike Babcock is set to join the NCAA’s Vermont Catamounts as a “volunteer advisor” for their men’s hockey team (Sportsnet)
  • In spite of the league hosting its first best-of-five playoff series in 34 years, coaches and players around the league are ready to embrace another chance to win the Stanley Cup (NBC Sports)
  • The Chicago Blackhawks announced that once fans return to the stands of NHL home games, headdresses will not be allowed in the United Center (TSN)