Bantering Points: 2/17/17

News and notes for Friday, February 17th, 2017

The New York Rangers went into the Barclays Center looking to earn two points against their division rival, and for the fourth time in a row, they left with no points, and more questions than they could answer. The Rangers fell to the Islanders by a score of 4-2, as they remain winless in the Islanders temporary home in Brooklyn. The Rangers will be back in action Sunday afternoon, when they'll welcome the Washington Capitals into town. Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Highlights: NYI 4, NYR 2 (4:22 Video via
  • Game Recap: The Rangers' inability to solve Thomas Greiss consistently cost them, as they watched their six game win streak come to an end against the Islanders (CBS)
  • While it may not be the ultimate, Larry Brooks believes that Vancouver Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows would make sense as an option for Jeff Gorton to add snarl to Alain Vigneault's lineup (NY Post)
  • Steve Zipay points to the Rangers power play struggles as a reason why they came up short against the Islanders (Newsday)
  • Mike Murphy questions if the Rangers have been wasting Pavel Buchnevich's talent with their questionable usage of the rookie forward this season (FanRag)
  • Scott Charles offers his thoughts on last night's 4-2 loss in Brooklyn (Blueshirt Bulletin)
  • Greg Slotnick argues that the Rangers should expose Derek Stepan in the upcoming expansion draft (Elite Sports NY)
  • Michael Monti lists Henrik Lundqvist's top five moments against the Islanders (Blue Line Station)
  • John Williams believes that the Rangers should have made the tough decision to fire Alain Vigneault and bring Claude Julien aboard (Blue Line Station)
  • Postgame Notes: The Rangers threw a block party last night, with five of the team's defenseman recording two more blocked shots (Official Team Site)
  • Postgame Interviews: Alain Vigneault,(1:39) Henrik Lundqvist,(1:25) and Ryan McDonagh, (0:43) (Official Team Site)/

Around the NHL:

  • Sean Leahy passes along a funny video, as Arizona Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome scored a goal with his opponent's stick after the same opponent took Strome's stick earlier in the sequence in last night's OHL game between the Erie Otters and the London Knights (Puck Daddy)
  • Sidney Crosby became the 86th player in NHL history to score 1,000 points last night, as the Pittsburgh Penguins' captain record an assist for his 1,000th, before earning another assist and finally scoring the game winning goal to clinch a 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets (TSN)
  • Matt Larkin thinks that based on prior precedent, Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist's six game suspension was satisfactory (The Hockey News)
  • Sean McIndoe looks at ten draft picks acquired in trades that turned into NHL superstars (Sportsnet)/