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Bantering Points: 5/3/22

Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Rangers Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Mollie Walker argues the time is now for the third line trio of Alexis Lafreniere, Filip Chytil, and Kaapo Kakko to step up their games (NY Post)
  • Larry Brooks notes that if the Blueshirts overly rely on their goaltending advantage over Pittsburgh, they’ll be in for a short, painful series (NY Post)
  • Colin Stephenson heard from Chris Kreider about his excitement to be back in front of a raucous, playoff ready crowd at Madison Square Garden (Newsday)
  • Stephenson also saw Alexis Lafreniere get some work as a net front option on the power play at New York’s practice yesterday (Newsday)
  • Vincent Mercogliano previews the clash between the Rangers and Penguins (LoHud)
  • Tom Castro highlights the Blueshirts’ defense corps as the key to toppling Pittsburgh (The Hockey Writers)
  • Brian Abate sees the possibility of a playoff run as a chance for the team’s pending free agents to make a statement about themselves before heading to market (The Hockey Writers)

Around the NHL: