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)
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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)
1:06PM: Alain Vigneault said today:
- 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.”
11:28AM: Kreider has been medically cleared but Alain Vigneault is unsure if he will play. (Katie Strang) To read more of this story, click here
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.”
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Kreider was seen mostly stick handling today and showing stronger passes and more strength on his forehand. (Steve Zipay and Andrew Gross)
Alain Vigneault said that Kreider is improving but wouldn’t commit to him returning in this series. (Katie Strang)
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9:08PM: Larry Brooks writes that there is no telling if Kreider will be able to return to the Rangers in this series. (NY Post)
2:30PM: Chris Kreider underwent surgery on what is believed to be a broken left hand on 3/29 and has missed the last 15 games for the Rangers.
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.
At the time, Kreider wanted to play through the injury but Glen Sather decided to pull him to prevent any long-lasting issues.
Kreider has been skating, mostly with the scratched players, since 4/8 though was not handling any pucks or shooting until earlier this week. The shots Kreider were taking though have been described as “soft.”
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.
1:19AM: Andrew Gross says that Kreider’s shots today were “softer than soft.” (Twitter)
4/30/14 | 1:08PM: Kreider was handling a puck this morning and taking a “few soft shots” while he skated around the ice at MSG on his own. (Daily News)
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