Since returning in the playoffs, Chris Kreider has played in four games, has one goal, one assist, 8 PIM, 16 hits and an average of 13:41 per game.
Alain Vigneault said after game seven that Kreider is a big part of the top six, has size, speed and his ability to get in on the forecheck can force mistakes. He added that getting Kreider back was a “huge boost.”
Vigneault, when he was on with Mike Francesa, said that Kreider basically came out of a cast, had one morning skate and then played. Vigneault added that when Kreider came in the Rangers started to force more turnovers and wear down the Pittsburgh defense.
Anson Carter said on MSG during the playoffs “I call him a man child because he doesn’t know how strong he is.”
Chris Kreider spoke with Steve Serby for a long interview in the NY Post.
Kreider spoke about each of his teammates and mentioned how Derek Stepan and Brian Boyle have taken him under their wings and he considers Boyle to be a “big, big brother.” He has become very good friends with Dominic Moore as well as John Moore, Carl Hagelin and Cam Talbot because of their time in Hartford together. (NY Post)
Kreider was asked about John Tortorella and said that Torts was “awesome” and that Alain Vigneault is “awesome” and he only has positive things to say about the coaches in his NHL career. (NY Post)
He named the subway as one of his favorite things in New York and the only time he gets recognized is if he is injured and going to the game at the same time as the fans. (NY Post)
He was asked to name three dinner guests, he asked for fourth, and picked three relatives and a friend who passed away so that he could speak with them one more time. (NY Post)
Read: What Chris Kreider did in 11 seconds of PP time on Friday
On Friday night against the Penguins, Chris Kreider played 11:55 and saw 11 seconds on the PP.
In that 11 seconds, Kreider dove to beat a Penguin to a puck and chip it back to Ryan McDonagh. McDonagh then fired a shot that was stopped by Marc-Andre Fleury and Kreider, in just a couple of strides after getting up, put the puck in a small space but Fleury and the post to score the Rangers first PP goal since game two against the Flyers.
Kreider played 4:42 in the first, 4:22 in the second and 2:51 in the third.
He had two shots and six hits.
Alain Vigneault said on Saturday that Kreider faced a challenge in returning after so many games out of the lineup but he is a “tremendously conditioned athlete” who take care of himself when he couldn’t do anything. He said that the way Kreider responded, after not having a full team practice, is as good as he has ever seen. (Ranger Rants)
Ron Duguay said on MSG that Kreider was very noticeable on the ice.
Brad Richards says that Kreider is one of the strongest players he has come across and that his strength and that he could still skate during his rehab have allowed him to jump right in. (Newsday)
3:27PM: In his return to the lineup last night, Chris Kreider was a minus one, had a high sticking penalty, and played 15:24 and had 2:32 on the PP.
Kreider had one shot on goal, one shot that was blocked and one that missed the net along with two hits, two giveaways and one takeaway.
He played 5:03 in the first, 5:17 in the second and 5:04 in the third.
At 5 on 5, when Kreider was on the ice the Rangers controlled 50% of the shot attempts (11 for, 11 against) and was on the ice for four shots on goal for and five against. (ES)
Kreider mostly played against Paul Martin, Kris Letang, Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz. (ES)
Kreider said after the game on MSG that he felt rusty at times last night but also felt that he did some good things.
Alain Vigneault said today, “I saw a young man that worked extremely hard and wanted it real bad…timing wise with the puck and decision wise with the puck, he fit in real good with our group…he was off.” (Rangers)
Pierre McGuire said on TSN 1050 that Kreider credits Rick Nash with a big reason why he had such a good year.
7:56PM: Pierre McGuire says on NBCSN that Kreider is struggling with the puck.
7:31PM: Kreider is in the lineup (Rangers)
Jesper Fast, JT Miller are scratched. Dan Carcillo is in. (NBCSN)
7:06PM: Chris Kreider is on the ice during warmups for the Rangers and skating with Rick Nash and Derek Stepan. (Rangers)
“He gives them size and speed and strength and that is important come this time of hte seaosn. He is still considered a rookie but it’s his third playoff run. Off his side and speed he has the ability to make a play. Kreider back in the lineup should open up ice for Stepan and Nash. Stepan has looked a quarter behind the play and it should give Nash some more room.” (Dave Maloney on MSG)
Marty St. Louis is with Brad Richards and Carl Hagelin. (MSG)
5:45PM: Alain Vigneault told John Giannone that Kreider is a game time decision. (Twitter)
2PM: Kreider said that he is day to day bu feeling good. He said that he doesn’t think he has any restrictions on his hand and that when he gets back into the lineup he doesn’t think he will worry about his hand. (NY Post)
On Chris Kreider, “he has been medically cleared in the sense that his fracture has now healed and at this stage I would say that he is day to day. I haven’t spoken with him today but I found out yesterday that he was cleared medically.”
Is he a possibility for tonight, “I haven’t talked to him. Today was his first time on the ice with his teammates…I’m just telling you that he is day to day at this stage.”
5/7/14 | 7:20PM: “Chris is skating and I think he is due to see the doctors here shortly but he has been skating and I think we will know here in a short time but he is coming along. He would bring a lot to our lineup, there is no doubt there.” (Alain Vigneault SNY)
5/6/14 | 1:49PM: Kreider is going to see a doctor soon and the team should have a better idea of a potential return date after. (Rangers)
Vigneault wouldn’t confirm that Kreider may return in this series but said that the team should know soon. (ESPN NY)
He added how important Kreider was to the Rangers PP and how much pressure he could put on the defense with his speed. (ESPN NY)
1:06PM: Alain Vigneault said that Kreider is “coming along” and that his size and speed would bring a lot to the Rangers. (Rangers)
11:34AM: On MSG last night, they showed video of Chris Kreider in a gray jersey on the ice at MSG by himself.
The video showed Kreider flipping a puck in the air and taking a slap shot while wearing a gray jersey.
It is not known if Kreider has been cleared for contact or didn’t wear the yellow jersey, that signifies no contact, because he was alone on the ice.
After the video was shown, Ron Dugay said “you are putting so much pressure on that wrist, you are snapping the puck, the weight is on your wrist and the stick hitting that puck, there is a lot of pressure there. You have to be close to 90-95% to do that. That is good news, seeing that he can slap a puck.
EJ Hradek added, “He isn’t the savior and end all be all but he would be a boost.”
The Rangers have insisted that Kreider is out indefinitely with no timetable for a return though the day before the surgery Bob McKenzie said that the initial diagnosis on the injury was that it could be 1 or 2 or 3 months depending on how they treated it and potentially season ending if surgery was done.
John Giannone guesses that Kreider will join the Rangers “sometime” in the series. (Twitter)
Adam Rotter: If Chris Kreider is cleared to play I think he will but he won’t be the same player he was before, at least not right away. Mats Zuccarello came back from a hand injury and struggled to produce points and you have to figure that Kreider will be in the same situation. Kreider can help impact a game with his speed but it’s hard to know if his hand will allow him to shoot the way he needs to or prevent him from being as physical as he needs to be. Still, you have to think that having Kreider in the lineup is better and brings more upside than the Dan Carcillo, JT Miller, Jesper Fast group.