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Bantering Points: 3/11/21

NHL: New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Mollie Walker hears that Alexandar Georgiev is slated to get the start in goal tonight against the Boston Bruins (NY Post)
  • Colin Stephenson notes that in spite of Artemiy Panarin’s return to practice yesterday, the superstar winger isn’t ready to rejoin the Rangers’ lineup (Newsday)
  • Tom Castro argues that the Blueshirts should make an effort to keep Brendan Smith in the fold beyond this season (The Hockey Writers)
  • Rachel Nones evaluates Kaapo Kakko’s return to the lineup after his battle with COVID-19 (The Hockey Writers)
  • Media Availability: Ryan Lindgren (4:28) (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Steven Ellis attempts to figure out why Columbus Blue Jackets’ forward Patrik Laine has struggled since arriving (The Hockey News)
  • Only three players are currently on the league’s COVID Protocol list, and no team has more than a single player on the list (TSN)
  • Nashville Predators’ defenseman Dante Fabbro has been suspended two games for illegally elbowing Carolina Hurricanes’ forward Brock McGinn (Sportsnet)