Bantering Points: 2/21/17

News and notes for Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

The New York Rangers will host the Claude Julien and his Montreal Canadiens, as the two teams square off for the first time in the post-Michel Therrien era. In what could be a first round playoff preview, look for the Rangers to come out flying as they look to prove their mettle against a top NHL team for the second game in a row. Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Steve Zipay takes a look at the Montreal Canadiens, and identifies them as a possible playoff opponent (Newsday)
  • Game Preview: Claude Julien looks to earn his first win as Montreal's head coach in over a decade in an Original Six matchup (CBS)
  • Jess Rubenstein offers a prospect update, with bits on Tim Gettinger, Ty Ronning, and more (Blueshirt Bulletin)
  • Brandon Cohen argues that the time has come for New York to trade Rick Nash (Blue Line Station)
  • Justin Starr ranks the top five backup goaltenders in franchise history (Blue Line Station)
  • Dan Miceli points out how Rick Nash's lack of recent goal scoring hasn't been an issue for the Rangers (Blue Line Station)
  • Anthony Scultore lists the team's "with-or-without you's" for individual players (Full Tilt NYR)
  • Former Ranger Steve Valiquette debunks some of hockey's most notorious cliches (MSG Networks)/

Around the NHL:

  • In what happens to be one of my favorite hockey subjects, the NHL compiled a gallery of photos of players in some of their oddest uniforms (
  • The THN crew discusses who should be named the first head coach of the Vegas Golden Knights (The Hockey News)
  • Eric Francis talks about how the Calgary Flames' additions of Michael Stone and Matt Bartkowski to shore up their defense corps should be enough to gear up for a playoff run (Sportsnet)
  • Greg Wyshynski reflects on the 2017 edition of Hockey In America Day (Puck Daddy)/

Do you know who the Ranger in the picture is?