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Bantering Points: 4/7/17

News and notes for Friday, April 7th, 2017

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Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Justin Terranova shows why Henrik Lundqvist will return to his old self once the playoffs begin (NY Post)
  • Brett Cyrgalis examines what the Rangers could look to do as they go through the motions in the final two games of the season (NY Post)
  • Justin Tasch reminisces on the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals, and what has changed since the Rangers and Montreal Canadiens met in the playoffs three seasons ago (NY Daily News)
  • Neal Purcell asks if Derek Stepan is a legitimate first line center (Elite Sports NY)
  • Daniel Federico argues that a favorable bracket position has given the Rangers a chance to make noise in the playoffs (Elite Sports NY)
  • Dave Shapiro answers questions on the upcoming playoffs, Canadiens' goaltender Carey Price, and Anaheim Ducks' defenseman Sami Vatanen (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Brandon Cohen offers his thoughts on the team with only two games remaining before the playoffs begin (Blue Line Station)
  • Timothy Haggerty sees the upcoming playoff series as a chance at redemption for both Chris Kreider and Carey Price (Blue Line Station)
  • Matt Calamia chatted with former Rangers forward and honorary western Canadian grinder Jed Ortmeyer about life after hockey (Official Team Site)

Around the NHL:

  • Dimitri Filipovic takes note of the biggest outliers in terms of expected goals vs actual goals (Sportsnet)
  • Jeremy Rutherford reports that the St. Louis Blues have finally brought forward Vladimir Sobotka back into the fold, signing him to a three year, $10.5 Million extension. Sobotka will be eligible for the Stanley Cup Playoffs (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
  • Ryan Lambert names seven players who you may be surprised reached the 30 goal plateau (Puck Daddy)
  • Ken Campbell believes that the NHL's Department of Player Safety has sent mixed messages in their decision to suspend Brad Marchand for two regular season games (The Hockey News)