Kreider was sent down yesterday and after practice today, John Tortorella said that Kreider wasn’t playing well enough with the Rangers and needed to play more in Hartford.
Rick Nash missed practice today and according to our friend Melissa, he was unable to make the season ticket holder event last night because he was sick.
John Tortorella said after practice today that Nash was just taking a maintenance day and that he expected him to play.
Adam Rotter: Chances are this is just a precautionary move in case Nash is unable to play tomorrow.
From the team:
NEW YORK, February 16, 2013 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has recalled forward Chris Kreider from the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Kreider, 21, registered one shot on goal in Connecticut’s 4-1 win last night against Portland. He returns to the Rangers where he has registered one goal and one assist for two points, along with four penalty minutes and a plus-two rating in seven games this season. Kreider tallied a point in consecutive games, including his first career regular season point with a goal on February 5 at New Jersey and his first career regular season assist on February 7 against the New York Islanders, after missing the previous five games, including four games due to injury. He made his NHL regular season debut in the season opener on January 19 at Boston.
The 6-3, 230-pounder established an NHL record for most postseason goals (five) and points (seven) by a player before skating in a regular season game during the 2012 playoffs. Kreider tied for first among NHL rookies in goals and power play goals (two), second in game-winning goals (two) and power play points (two), and ranked fourth in points during the playoffs. He also tied for third on the team in playoff goals, first in power play goals and second in game-winning goals. Kreider made his NHL debut on April 16, 2012, at Ottawa in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, becoming the first player to win an NCAA title and make his NHL debut in that year’s playoffs since 1990.
The Boxford, Massachusetts native waAs originally selected by the Rangers as a first round choice, 19th overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.