6:48PM: Bob McKenzie was on NBCSN and said: “It appears that he has a hand injury and we believe it to be a broken hand that the initial diagnosis that he got was that it could be a month or two or three depending on how exactly they go about treating it. Whether surgery is required it could be in fact season ending with a fracture in his hand. That said, Alain Vigneault said today that Kreider was looking for a second opinion and the sense seems to be that he wants to make sure that every opportunity is exhausted to find maybe some way that he can contribute some how done the stretch. The funny thing about injuries at this time of year, and I made this mistake yesterday when I reported Kreider was going to be out a long time, was that you never report that a guy is going to be out a long time because anything short of decapitation is day to day in the NHL. At this point it seems like a tough road for Chris Kreider but he will see if there is some way that he can contribute down the stretch but the prognosis for now is not great.”
3:46PM: Pat Leonard writes that the incident appeared to occur in the third period against Columbus after a skirmish with Ryan Johansen. (Daily News)
Leonard says that this is an injury that Kreider could play through. (Daily News)
11:42AM: Alain Vigneault said this morning that the Rangers are still deciding on whether Chris Kreider will require surgery on his hand. (Katie Strang)
Vigneault said that Kreider injured his hand against Columbus on Friday and nothing happened in the next two games to aggravate the injury. Vigneault said that Kreider only had a few shifts in the third period on Monday because he cut down the bench to three lines with Marty St. Louis and Derek Stepan being limited with the flu. (Andrew Gross)
Vigneault doesn’t know how long Kreider will be out but did say that he will not join the Rangers on their upcoming trip to Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Colorado. (Pat Leonard)
- That means at the very least Kreider will miss five games including tonight against Philly.
Bob McKenzie tweeted last night that Kreider may out up a month with a possible broken bone in his hand.