bantering points: 4/26/24

here are today's news and links:

rangers news:

larry brooks notes that although kaapo kakko has had an unremarkable season up until this point, a strong playoff run can flip the script on the story of his 2023-24 campaign (ny post)

mollie walker relays word concerning new york's mindset as it enters game 3 of a playoff series with a 2-0 lead for the third consecutive series, but will look to seek out a different result than the previous two series (ny post)

walker also chatted with will cuylle about the rookie's game 2 brush up with tom wilson, a player cuylle was fond of in his youth (ny post)

colin stephenson reports that filip chytil skated in place of alex wennberg at practice on thursday as wennberg sat out for a rest day (newsday)

vincent mercogliano details the importance of the rangers' centers playing their best as the playoffs progress (lohud)

lucas standel lists three keys to the blueshirts securing victories in games 3 and 4 to secure the sweep against the washington capitals (the hockey writers)

around the nhl:

the carolina hurricanes defeated the new york islanders by a 3-2 margin to win game 3 and take a 3-0 series lead (tsn)

the chicago blackhawks agreed to a six year, $27.6 million contract extension with defenseman alex vlasic (nbc sports)

longtime hockey night in canada play by play commentator bob cole passed away at age 90 (espn)

the florida panthers picked up another victory in the battle of florida, knocking off the tampa bay lightning 5-3 to take a 3-0 series lead (sportsnet)