Bantering Points: 12/20/23

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

Highlights: NYR 5, TOR 2 (4:56 video via

Game Recap: Mika Zibanejad’s pair of goals was matched by two goals from Toronto’s Auston Matthews, but the Blueshirts’ scoring depth stepped up to make the difference and secure a victory (CBS)

Larry Brooks points to the Blueshirts’ success on the penalty kill as an opportunity to grant Peter Laviolette leeway to mix and match combinations as he sees fit (NY Post)

Mollie Walker chatted with Jimmy Vesey about his ill-fated stint with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2021 (NY Post)

Vincent Mercogliano offers his takeaways from New York’s victory in last night’s Original Six clash (LoHud)

Lucas Standel lists three former Rangers that the team could look to reunite with via trade if the team is still in need of extra scoring punch as the trade deadline approaches (The Hockey Writers)

Around the NHL:

The league’s holiday roster freeze has officially begun, and will be in effect until December 28th (TSN)

The Detroit Red Wings agreed to a pro-rated one year, two way contract with goaltender Michael Hutchinson (Sportsnet)

Carol Schram lists the top five storylines to keep an eye on as the calendar is drawing closer to turning over to 2024 (The Hockey News)