Bantering Points: 4/15/23

Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

Colin Stephenson juxtaposes last year's Rangers' squad that made the Eastern Conference Finals in their first playoff appearance after a five year sabbatical to the Devils team this year's Rangers are set to face (Newsday)

Vincent Mercogliano lists three things to know about the Devils ahead of New York's playoff clash against them (LoHud)

Mercogliano also heard from New York's players, all but one of whom have never skated against New Jersey in a playoff environment (LoHud)

Tom Castro highlights the need for Artemiy Panarin to play at the superstar level his salary dictates in order for the Blueshirts to play deep into the spring (The Hockey Writers)

Arthur $taple give$ his$ take on what to expect out of the late$t edition of the Hud$on River rivalry (The Athletic)

Around the NHL:

With the playoff seeding being finalized yesterday, the league has released schedules for the first four games of each playoff series (Sportsnet)

Ryan Clark relays word of the house cleaning the Pittsburgh Penguins underwent yesterday as they fired general manager Ron Hextal, assistant general manager Chris Pryor, and president of hockey operations Brian Burke (ESPN)

The Anaheim Ducks relieved head coach Dallas Eakins of his duties following the team's 32nd place finish in the league wide standings (TSN)

Following yesterday's pair of games, the odds for the 2023 NHL Draft Lottery set to be drawn on May 8th have been set (