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Bantering Points: 2/9/21

New York Islanders v New York Rangers Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Highlights: NYI 2, NYR 0 (4:57 video via
  • Game Recap: A scoreless contest turned into a two goal deficit in the span of two minutes in the third period, and that was too much for the Blueshirts to overcome (CBS)
  • Larry Brooks believes that the team needs to prioritize their more youthful blue liners over their veterans in the wake of Tony DeAngelo’s departure (NY Post)
  • Brooks also noticed that as David Quinn has shortened his bench late in games, Alexis Lafreniere has repeatedly gotten lost in the shuffle (NY Post)
  • Mollie Walker takes note of Ryan Strome’s game starting to turn around (NY Post)
  • Colin Stephenson hears that Mika Zibanejad could bust out of his slump sooner rather than later (Newsday)
  • Vincent Mercogliano offers his takeaways from last night’s contest (LoHud)
  • Brian Abate writes that the team can’t afford for Zibanejad’s play to stay at its current level (The Hockey Writers)
  • Frank Curto relays word that Chris Kreider defended Zibanejad’s rough start to the season (Empire Sports Media)
  • Media Availability: David Quinn (5:49) and Mika Zibanejad (2:50) (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Sean Leahy points out that Columbus Blue Jackets’ head coach John Tortorella has already benched recent trade acquisition Patrik Laine (NBC Sports)
  • Eric Engels breaks down how at age 33, Montreal Canadiens’ defenseman Jeff Petry is defying all logic and playing some of the best hockey of his career (Sportsnet)
  • Buffalo Sabres’ defenseman Rasmus Dahlin has been added to the league’s COVID Protocol list (TSN)