Bantering Points: 4/4/24

Here are today’s news and links:

Rangers News:

Highlights: NYR 4, NJD 3 (5:03 video via

Game Recap: The Rangers and Devils turned back the clock to 2012 by kicking off the contest with a ten man line brawl, and a crazy game full of ebbs and flows ended with the Blueshirts completing a sweep of the season series against their Hudson River rival (CBS)

Michael Blinn notes that for all of the chaos Matt Rempe has been at the center of in the recent installments of the rivalry, the towering center has barely logged five minutes of ice time combined in the three games (NY Post)

Mollie Walker sees New York’s come from behind victory following the early game fireworks as a useful trait the team must build on as the playoffs draw closer (NY Post)

Colin Stephenson details all the action from a wild Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden (Newsday)

Jesse Courville-Lynch makes the case for why Jonathan Quick could be an x-factor when the playoffs begin (The Hockey Writers)

Around the NHL:

Adam Vingan points to the recent hot stretch the Tampa Bay Lightning are in the midst of, establishing them as a team nobody wants to face when the playoffs begin despite their likely spot in the bracket as a Wild Card team (Sportsnet)

Chris Johnston reports that the Philadelphia Flyers are deep into contract negotiations with pending UFA goaltender Ivan Fedotov after the Russian netminder arrived from the KHL late in March (TSN)