2:30PM: Chris Kreider underwent surgery on what is believed to be a broken left hand on 3/29 and has missed the last 15 games for the Rangers.
The Rangers have insisted that Kreider is out indefinitely with no timetable for a return though the day before the surgery Bob McKenzie said that the initial diagnosis on the injury was that it could be 1 or 2 or 3 months depending on how they treated it and potentially season ending if surgery was done.
At the time, Kreider wanted to play through the injury but Glen Sather decided to pull him to prevent any long-lasting issues.
Kreider has been skating, mostly with the scratched players, since 4/8 though was not handling any pucks or shooting until earlier this week. The shots Kreider were taking though have been described as “soft.”
John Giannone guesses that Kreider will join the Rangers “sometime” in the series. (Twitter)
Adam Rotter: If Chris Kreider is cleared to play I think he will but he won’t be the same player he was before, at least not right away. Mats Zuccarello came back from a hand injury and struggled to produce points and you have to figure that Kreider will be in the same situation. Kreider can help impact a game with his speed but it’s hard to know if his hand will allow him to shoot the way he needs to or prevent him from being as physical as he needs to be. Still, you have to think that having Kreider in the lineup is better and brings more upside than the Dan Carcillo, JT Miller, Jesper Fast group.