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Bantering Points: 7/31/20

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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:

  • Mollie Walker heard what the team’s players thought of playing a competitive game in an empty arena (NY Post)
  • Jordan Lauterbach writes that even though the Blueshirts’ loss to the Islanders had no impact on anything, the team still has a chip on their shoulder moving forward (Newsday)
  • Vincent Mercogliano tracked down Joe Micheletti to acquire his expert analysis on New York’s upcoming series against Carolina (LoHud)
  • Mercogliano also made his prediction for the Rangers/Hurricanes matchup (LoHud)
  • Sean Hartnett lists the top five players that can provide secondary scoring behind Artemiy Panarin (WFAN)
  • Scott Esposito writes that even with the playoffs right around the corner, the Blueshirts have already begun making expansion draft considerations for next summer (Blue Line Station)

Around the NHL:

  • Ryan Kennedy believes that if Sergei Bobrovksy doesn’t turn things around quickly, the Florida Panthers will have a major problem on their hands (The Hockey News)
  • The AHL has announced a target date of December 4th to kick off the 2020-21 campaign (Sportsnet)
  • After only drawing into a handful of games with their new teams, trade deadline acquisitions will look to be difference makers as the playoffs begin (NBC Sports)