Bantering Points: 4/27/17

News and notes for Thursday, April 27th, 2017

After four days off to prepare, the Rangers are back in action tonight, as they'll hit the ice in Kanata, Ontario to take on the Ottawa Senators in Game 1 of their Second Round series. While the star players from the 2012 series featuring these two teams may have moved on, every playoff series is a chance for bit players to etch their names into the annals of hockey history. Here are today's news and links:

Rangers News:

Around the NHL:

  • James O'Brien reports that John Tortorella of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Todd McLellan of the Edmonton Oilers, and Mike Babcock of the Toronto Maple Leafs have been named as finalists for the Jack Adams Award for coach of the year (NBC Sports)
  • Steve Carp relays word that the Vegas Golden Knights will play seven pre-season games next fall, opening up on September 17th against the Vancouver Canucks (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
  • Nashville Predators forward Kevin Fiala was stretchered off of the ice and taken to a hospital last night after being awkwardly hit into the boards by St. Louis Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo (TSN)
  • Sean McIndoe reminisces on some of the best second round series in NHL history (The Hockey News)
  • Jen Neale heard that Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov went off on some of his teammates for their sub-par pay this season en route to missing the playoffs for the first time since 2013 (Puck Daddy)
  • Luke Fox provides an FAQ guide to the 2017 Draft Lottery (Sportsnet)/