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Bantering Points: 2/4/21

New York Rangers v Edmonton Oilers

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Greg Joyce notes that due to the Tony DeAngelo situation and the plethora of injuries the Rangers’ defense corps is managing, Libor Hajek will get to make his season debut tonight (NY Post)
  • Joyce also hears that between Igor Shesterkin’s strong performance on Monday and Alexandar Georgiev’s altercation with DeAngelo, Shesterkin will get the start in goal tonight (NY Post)
  • Mark Fischer relays word that a month after undergoing open heart surgery, Henrik Lundqvist is in better spirits as of late (NY Post)
  • Colin Stephenson reports that due to Brendan Smith’s injury, Hajek will be Anthony Bitetto’s new partner on the team’s third pairing (Newsday)
  • Vincent Mercogliano observed Kaapo Kakko’s return to practice, signaling his removal from the league’s COVID Protocol list (LoHud)
  • Jim Bay sees tonight’s game against the Washington Capitals as the Blueshirts’ toughest test of the young season (Empire Sports Media)
  • Media Availability: David Quinn,(6:14) Brett Howden,(3:13) Anthony Bitetto,(2:01) and Libor Hajek (2:01) (Official Team Site)

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