The return of Rick Nash, Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider

Rick NashRick Nash returns to playing with Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider tonight after the Rangers shuffled their lines due to the injury to Marty St. Louis. (NYR)

Stepan said that the three of them know how to have success as a line and that when you play with Nash you need to know how and when to support him when he has the puck. (NYR)

Alain Vigneault said that Nash spent most of last season with Stepan and Kreider so moving him there was an easy choice. (NYR)

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The little line change that was made between Chris Kreider and JT Miller last night

Kreider6:11PM: Kreider will start with Stepan and St. Louis and Miller will start with Hayes and Hagelin. (Gross)

4:49PM: Last night against the Islanders, Chris Kreider played 13:51 and JT Miller played 12:48.

  • Miller played 4:03 in the first, 3:45 in the second and 5 minutes in the third.
  • Kreider played 5:44 in the first, 4:34 in the second and 3:33 in the third.

Kreider started the third period with Marty St. Louis and Derek Stepan before being put on the fourth line with Dominic Moore and Tanner Glass. He played one more shift with St. Louis and Stepan, around the mid-point of the period, but spent most of it on the fourth line.

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What people are saying about Chris Kreider right now

Chris KreiderChris Kreider has 19 points in his last 29 games and the Rangers are 17-0-1 in their last 18 games when Kreider has recorded a point. (Rangers Game Notes)

Kreider has 17 goals this season, 10 at even strength and 7 on the PP.

Brian Leetch said of Kreider recently, “we have seen glimpses of this throughout his career to this point and now he is starting to put it together consistently. He is a big man with a lot of speed and strength and when he plays a ‘watch and react’ game you don’t notice him as much but when he is in on the forecheck and driving to the net, he can’t be stopped. He can be held in check but with his speed and release, the opposing defensemen have a tough time containing him.

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Chris Kreider is coming on and how good he can be

Chris KreiderChris Kreider has 14 points in his last 25 games after only 17 points in his first 33 games.

In the past 12 games, Kreider has had 5 shots on goal once, 4 shots on goal five times, 3 shots on goal once, 2 shots on goal four times and one game with 0 shots on goal.

Joe Micheletti said before the All-Star break that when Chris Kreider skates, uses his size and shoots the puck he is at his best.

Henrik Lundqvist said after the game against Ottawa that when Kreider plays with speed it’s hard to stop.

He added, “I see it in practice everyday and coming down the wing, he is big and strong and fast and when he plays the puck in the right area he can skate into it and it’s tough for a defender and he has a great shot.”

On the season, Kreider has 14 goals and 17 assists and is on pace of 20 goals and 24 assists.

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The Marty St. Louis and Chris Kreider relationship

Marty St. LouisLarry Brooks says that during games as well as in practice Chris Kreider is always talking/listening to Marty St. Louis. (NY Post)

Kreider describes their relationship as give and take, saying that Marty “gives” and Kreider “takes” in what he tells him. (NY Post)

He said that St. Louis is so “cerebral” on the ice with how he sees plays developing and is on a different level from other players. (NY Post)

St. Louis has been described as a player/coach type of person.