Bantering Points: 3/20/19

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

  • Highlights: DET 3, NYR 2 (4:28 video via
  • Game Recap: The more things change, the more they stay the same as the Rangers once again failed to beat Jimmy Howard (CBS)
  • Larry Brooks hears that Chris Kreider’s recent slump in play isn’t without a sensible reason (NY Post)
  • Colin Stephenson saw that although his team didn’t earn two points, Neal Pionk’s play stood out as a positive from last night’s game against Detroit (Newsday)
  • Dave Shapiro argues that the Rangers can’t afford to sign Pionk to anything less than a three year deal this offseason (Blue Seat Blogs)
  • Jack Loennecker cites the departure of Mats Zuccarello as a catalyst for some of New York’s offensive struggles up front (Elite Sports NY)
  • Nicholas Zararis lists the Blueshirts’ candidates to receive the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award (Blue Line Station)
  • Zararis also offered his take on how the team can fix their abysmal power play (Blue Line Station)
  • Andrew Steele-Davis thought that a return to the friendly confines of MSG would help the Rangers get back on track (Blue Line Station)
  • Ed Stein discusses how Ryan Strome’s move to the wing should create more opportunities for some of the organization’s young centers (Empire Writes Back)
  • Postgame Notes: The Blueshirts’ regulation loss against the Red Wings has left the team dead last in ROWs with only 22 (Official Team Site)
  • Media Availability: David Quinn,(2:08) Henrik Lundqvist,(2:58) and Brady Skjei (1:43) (Official Team Site)/

Around the NHL:

  • Jon Lane chatted with former NFL Quarterback and current WFAN personality Boomer Esiason to discuss his fandom growing up, the Rangers and Islanders, and his Stanley Cup prediction (
  • For the fourth consecutive season, and the 14th time in the last 15 seasons, the San Jose Sharks clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (Fear The Fin)
  • Frank Seravalli goes in-depth on defenseman Brady Keeper’s unlikely journey from the Pimicikamak Cree Nation to the Florida Panthers (TSN)
  • Stephen Whyno reports that the Washington Capitals are set to visit the White House on Monday to celebrate the franchise’s first Stanley Cup victory (NBC Sports)/