11:21AM: JT Miller, Raphael Diaz and Justin Falk are the players who stayed on late at the morning skate which should indicate that they are scratches. (Gulitti)
11:16AM: Alain Vigneault says that Jesper Fast is taking a “maintenance” morning and would not confirm that Dan Carcillo will be in the lineup for him. (Pat Leonard)
10:46AM: Jesper Fast is not skating. (Gulitti)
10:26AM: All Rangers are on the ice at the morning skate except for Chris Kreider who is out with a hand injury. (Tal Pinchevsky)
There are no line combos or defense pairs at the skate. (Tom Gulitti)
2:19PM: Alain Vigneault said today “I would say, as I had said all along, that it’s indefinite and until it changes that is what it is.”
12:55PM: Following Rangers practice, Chris Kreider took to the ice to skate on his own. (Steve Zipay)
Kreider still has a “big black brace” on his left hand but is wearing gloves on both hands. (Andrew Gross)
Kreider skated twice last week and is being listed as out indefinitely after having surgery on his left hand.
Chris Kreider is on the ice at the Rangers optional morning skate with gloves on both hands. (Andrew Gross)
Kreider is mostly holding his stick with his right hand and doing some stick handling drills. (Katie Strang and Andrew Gross)
Kreider is doing one-handed tips at the crease. (Gross)
1:35PM: Vigneault said that Kreider has a cast on his hand so he is out “indefinitely.” (Rangers)
When asked about a timetable, Vigneault said that he couldn’t give one for Kreider and that moving forward there will be a lot less info about injuries coming out.
11:21AM: Alain Vigneault had no update on Kreider today. (Andrew Gross)
10:34AM: Chris Kreider is on the ice for the Rangers optional skate this morning. (Rangers)
Kreider is only wearing one glove, his right hand, and is wearing a brace on his left hand. (Rangers)
Kreider is only shooting with his right hand and not gripping his stick with his left. (Katie Strang and Andrew Gross)
Following practice on Monday, Alain Vigneault was asked whether or not he felt it would be this much of a struggle to replace Chris Kreider.
Vigneault said, “I knew it would be tough. Kreids’ minutes are big minutes and when he was playing with Step and Nasher he was going to head to head with the other top line and getting the top defense and what I liked about Kreids was the speed factor but he wore down the other teams defense with the speed and physicality that he can bring. Those are tough minutes to replace.”
Kreider had spent most of the season with Derek Stepan and Rick Nash and since his injury the Rangers have tried Marty St. Louis (left side), Carl Hagelin, and Dan Carcillo in that spot.
St. Louis will once again join that line for tonight’s game but skate on the right side with Nash moving over to the left.
3:44PM Kreider was wearing a black velcro brace on his left hand and there is not timetable for his return. (Newsday)
3:13PM: Alain Vigneault said today that Chris Kreider was working out at the Rangers practice facility. (Rangers)
Vigneault said that he asked Kreider how he was doing but not about his hand. (Rangers)
Kreider was seen walking past the locker room a few times. (Ranger Rants)
He had surgery on his hand on 3/28 and has been announced as “out indefinitely,”
4:13PM: Glen Sather made the call to pull Kreider from the lineup when it was revealed that Kreider could do long-term damage to his hand if the injury wasn’t fixed quickly. (NY Post)
3:28PM: Alain Vigneault said that he didn’t have any more information on Kreider other than he was operated on today and that the doctors decided that this was the best course of action. (Rangers)
1:24PM: Chris Kreider is out indefinitely after surgery on his hand today. (Rangers)
Original reports on Kreider’s injury were that he could miss a month or more with a possible broken bone.
- The team has not confirmed that Kreider has a broken bone, only that he will undergo surgery to repair a “hand injury” that was sustained one week ago against Columbus.
- 1:33PM: Larry Brooks says that it is an injury to Kreider’s left hand.
Bob McKenzie said on NHL Live the other day “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.”
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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.”
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8:558PM: MSG showed Kreider flexing his hand at the end of the second period. (Blue Notes)
8:14PM: McKenzie tweets: “Not sure how or why it happened but my tweet on Chris Kreider appears to have disappeared from my timeline. I’ll re-issue it momentarily. Chris Kreider expected to be out of NYR lineup for extended period: at least a month, maybe much longer. Hand injury, possibly broken bone.”
7PM: The Rangers have announced that Kreider WILL NOT play tomorrow against the Flyers but that is all they are saying on the matter. (Rangers)
6:48PM: Screenshot of the tweet McKenzie sent, via Meredith
The Rangers have not confirmed the news yet.
6:39PM: The tweet McKenzie sent out is no longer on his account, but Sirius XM tweets McKenzie saying “Chris Kreider expected to be out of NYR lineup for extended period: at least a month, Hand injury”
Kreider has not had a shot on goal in four games but has attempted 3 shots in that span. He does have two assists in that span.
In the last four games, Kreider has played 13:51 (OTT), 11:20 (CBJ), 9:53 (NJ), 10:12 (PHX).
Last night against PHX, Kreider played 3 shifts and 1:55 in the third period.
6:24PM: Left wing Chris Kreider will miss at least a month with a hand injury that potentially includes a broken bone (McKenzie, March 25).
In 66 games this season, Kreider has 17 goals with 20 assists and is a plus-14.
Chris Kreider scored two goals on Sunday and now has 3 goals and 1 assist in five games in March.
By month, Kreider has scored:
- October: 2 goals, 1 assist, 5 games
- November: 4 goals, 9 assists, 15 games
- December: 4 goals, 2 assists, 14 games
- January: 3 goals, 5 assists, 15 games
- February: 0 goals, 0 assists, 4 games
- March: 3 goals, 1 assist, 5 games
Derek Stepan told Kreider before the game to have fun and said that while Kreider has had a good year, the first season in the NHL is tough. Stepan said that Kreider has done a good job of handling the “dips and valleys” this season and that he continues to improve. (Ranger Rants)
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