Bantering Points: 1/9/18

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Justin Tasch argues that New York’s best players will need to step up and carry the team through the second half (NY Daily News)
  • Brett Cyrgalis ponders the point of Alain Vigneault’s decision to bench Pavel Buchnevich and Brendan Smith (NY Post)
  • Steve Zipay goes in-depth on what the Rangers need to do to start winning more once they return from the bye week (Newsday)
  • Ben Harff recaps the Hartford Wolfpack’s 5-1 defeat to the Utican Comets from Sunday  (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Jennifer Moglia reminisces on the trade that brought Mika Zibanejad to Broadway (Blue Line Station)
  • Karly Redpath offers her thoughts on the Pavel Buchnevich situation (Blue Line Station)
  • Dominick Renna names three stars from the team’s past week of action (Elite Sports NY)/

Around the NHL:

  • Adam Gretz recaps the action from every game around the league last night, with the Columbus Blue Jackets knocking off the Toronto Maple Leafs (NBC Sports)
  • Alex Novet presents goal scorer cluster analysis (Hockey Graphs)
  • A handful of San Jose Sharks players named Winnipeg as the worst NHL city to play in (Sportsnet)
  • Satchel Price attempts to make sense of the Chicago Blackhawks’ decision to waive defenseman Cody Franson (Second City Hockey)/