Bantering Points: 10/19/23

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

Dan Martin chatted with Jonathan Quick about his adjustment to settling in as a clear cut backup goaltender to Igor Shesterkin (NY Post)

Martin also hears that rather than shaking up the forward lines at frequent intervals, Peter Laviolette is more inclined to let them stay together for longer stretches of time in order to build chemistry (NY Post)

Tom Castro notes how in spite of many questioning the decision to extend Chris Kreider back in 2020, the team’s longest tenured player continues to provide great value (The Hockey Writers)

Brian Abate points to the defensive breakdowns the Blueshirts experienced during the Columbus game, one where Ryan Lindgren did not play, as a sign of his importance to the team (The Hockey Writers)

Around the NHL:

Washington Capitals’ forward Alex Ovechkin was held without a shot on goal during his team’s 6-1 defeat to the Ottawa Senators last night, the first time in his career he was held without a shot in back to back games (Russian Machine Never Breaks)

Pierre LeBrun relays word that free agent Patrick Kane will not be engaging in contract talks with teams until he is medically cleared to return to game action sometime next month (TSN)

Elliotte Friedman authors another edition if 32 Thoughts (Sportsnet)