Stats: Chris Kreider last night against the Canucks

Chris Kreider1Against the Canucks last night, Chris Kreider played 14:30, had two shots on goal, 4 hits and one blocked shot.

He was a plus one and at 5 on 5 was on the ice for 10 shot attempts for and 14 against and 8 shots on goal for and 8 against. (Natural Stat Trick)

He played 3:39 in the first period, 5:29 in the second period and 5:22 in the third period.

After the game, Alain Vigneault said “I thought Chris had a real good game.”

Kreider mostly played against Derek Dorsett, Chris Higgins and Bo Horvat. (Natural Stat Trick)

He only started 20% of his shifts in the offensive zone. (Natural Stat Trick)

Read: Chris Kreider knows that production is needed

Chris KreiderChris Kreider will start tonight’s game on the fourth line and said that he doesn’t need a message sent to him to know how he has to play. (NYR)

Kreider said that he puts a ton of pressure on himself to perform and that he will do what he can to work with his linemates and try and help the team get two points. He said that subconsciously he may be playing a little safer because he can’t help the team while in the box.  (NYR)

He said that the first thing for him is to be responsible defensively but lately there have been lapses. He said that he can’t put pressure on himself to score because if he does the other parts of his game will suffer. (NY Post)

Alain Vigneault said that Kreider’s work ethic is good and he is trying to score but he needs to produce. Vigneault said that the Rangers need Kreider and some other secondary scorers to get on the score sheet.  (NYR)

Read: The need for Mats Zuccarello and Chris Kreider

Mats ZuccarelloMats Zuccarello has 4 goals and 7 assists this season but zero points on the PP, 1 multi-point game since November 1 and 3 goals and 4 assists in 16 games since November 1.

Chris Kreider has 4 goals and 9 assists this season, 2 points on the PP, 2 multi-point games since November 1 and 2 goals and 7 assists in 15 games since November 1.

  • Kreider is on pace for 13 goals and 30 assists this season which would eclipse his point total of 37 last year.

Joe Micheletti said recently “for the Rangers to win consistently they need Mats Zuccarello and Chris Kreider to produce. He said that those two need to start scoring to balance things out because it’s not likely Rick Nash will keep up his scoring pace for the whole season.”

 

Note: Where Chris Kreider was skating at practice yesterday

KreiderChris Kreider returned to Rangers practice yesterday, after missing Monday’s game with neck spasms, but skated as an extra defenseman and not with the forwards. (NY Post)

The Rangers practiced with the same forward lines they used on Monday night but switched up the power play, putting JT Miller on the second unit as the player in front of the net. (NY Post)

The Rangers are flying to Vancouver today and practice tomorrow afternoon before Saturday night’s game.

Adam Rotter: We will see what tomorrow brings but if healthy I think Kreider should play. He watched on Monday and the Rangers need him to play and to get his game on track. He is an important part of the team and needs to rediscover what made him an effective player last season. The issue would be who to take out after a win and while Tanner Glass is the easy choice, Alain Vigneault wants him in the lineup. With JT Miller scoring on Monday that probably puts Lee Stempniak or Jesper Fast as the one to come out if Kreider is to go back in.

Practice: Chris Kreider on the ice (Updates)

11:34AM: The PP units at practice are (NYR):

  • JT Miller, Lee Stempniak, Mats Zuccarello, Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi
  • Rick Nash, Marty St. Louis, Derick Brassard, Derick Stepan and Dan Boyle.

11:29AM: Glen Sather and Rod Gilbert are also at the funeral. (Gross)

11:22AM: Alain Vigneault is not at practice and is in Montreal for Jean Beliveau’s funeral. (NYR)

11:08AM: Chris Kreider is on the ice at practice today after missing Monday’s game with neck spasms.  (NYR)

Kreider collided with Carl Hagelin on Sunday.