2:49PM: When asked about Kreider this morning, Rick Nash told the Daily News that he likes always having the puck on his stick, so playing with someone like Kreider who can go in and get the puck compliments his game perfectly.
9:31AM: Against the Capitals on Sunday, John Tortorella put Chris Kreider up on the LW of Brad Richards and Rick Nash.
Kreider played 14:52 and 5:15 in the third period on the line with Nash and Richards. Kreider had two shots on goal, two hits and two blocked shots.
Tortorella said that he made the move because he thought Kreider was playing well and was executing the game plan that the Rangers had for him. He added that he wants someone on the Richards/Nash line to “chase down pucks” and he thinks that Kreider could be the guy to do that.
Tortorella said on Monday that he thought Kreider was “on the puck” against the Capitals and felt that the Richards and Nash lines needed someone who was “on the puck.”
John Giannone said on Sunday that an encouraging sign from the Rangers was that Chris Kreider had his legs moving and the Rangers will need him to hunt down pucks and create offense.
When asked about how Kreider played in Hartford, Kris Newbury told the Rangers website that his confidence started to grow when the pucks started going in.
In terms of playing away from the puck, John Tortorella said on Monday that Kreider, with the help of the staff in Hartford, has “come a long way” in how he plays that