Bantering Points: 2/22/24

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

Christian Arnold heard from a fan who had purchased eight tickets to the Stadium Series game through Ticketmaster, but was rejected at the gate by MetLife Stadium security and missed out on one of the most thrilling games of the season (NY Post)

Andrew Crane reports that after missing practice on Wednesday, Jimmy Vesey and Artemiy Panarin are both questionable for tonight’s game against New Jersey (NY Post)

Neil Best relays word that the Stadium Series game between the Rangers and Islanders was New York’s most-viewed hockey game since the NHL returned to ESPN (Newsday)

Vincent Mercogliano sees the two year, $1.75 million contract extension the Rangers signed Jonny Brodzinski to as a long time coming for a player who spent years shuttling up and down between the AHL and NHL (LoHud)

Brian Abate argues that Kaapo Kakko has earned a bigger role due to his strong play as of late (The Hockey Writers)

$hayna Goldman break$ down why Mika Zibanejad’$ 5-on-5 $coring ha$ taken a tumble a$ of late (The Athletic)

Around the NHL:

Playing in his 54th game of the season in his native Arizona, Toronto Maple Leafs’ forward Auston Matthews recorded his 50th and 51st goals as Toronto won by a 6-3 margin (TSN)

Elliotte Friedman authors an abbreviated version of 32 Thoughts (Sportsnet)