bantering points: 4/21/24

here are today's news and links:

rangers news:

mollie walker chatted with artemiy panarin about his desire to turn around his playoff fortunes from years past and leas the rangers to glory in 2024 (ny post)

larry brooks writes that for all the playoff heartbreak the rangers have endured in recent years, the 30 year championship drought must come to an end this spring (ny post)

mark cannizzaro points to the mental break igor shesterkin took following the all-star break as the turning point of new york's season (ny post)

colin stephenson lists five keys to the rangers' opening round playoff series against washington (newsday)

peter baugh and michael russo discuss the lindgren vs lindgren aspect of the series as new york's defenseman ryan squares off with washington's starting goaltender charlie (the athletic)

around the nhl:

the stanley cup playoffs kicked off yesterday evening with the carolina hurricanes defeating the new york islanders 3-1 in game 1 (tsn)

kristen shilton relays word that the toronto maple leafs annual playoff metldown began in earnest, as william nylander missed game 1 as his team fell to the boston bruins by a 5-1 margin (espn)

elliotte friedman authors a rare extended edition of 32 thoughts (sportsnet)

colorado avalanche forward jonathan drouin has been ruled out of colorado's opening round playoff series against the winnipeg jets (nbc sports)