Chris Kreider stands as the biggest disappointment on the Rangers so far this season, having not yet figured out how to use his speed, size and strength consistently. (NY Post)
Larry Brooks says that Kreider has not been able to “identify the forceful edge” he needs to play with while not crossing the line into his developing reputation as a dirty player. (NY Post)
Brooks says that Kreider should be “on his way” to being one of the the “most feared” power forwards in the NHL. (NY Post)
Adam Rotter: While Kreider has had a tough start to the year, we have seen what we he can do when he is “on” and if he can find that level, the level he was at the in the playoffs and the first game of this season, the Rangers will have another “gamebreaker” type in their lineup.
12:31PM: Kreider had his best game in “weeks” last night and said after that the more things you do on the ice can actually hurt your game and potentially take you out of position. (NY Post)
He added that he feels when he gets into position deep in the defensive zone he ends up in better position in the offensive zone. (NY Post)
12/17/14 | 10:45AM: Chris Kreider scored last night for the first time in 13 games and his 17:41 of ice time was his most since November 26th against Tampa Bay.
Kreider had 3 shots on goal, 1 shot that missed the net, 3 hits, 1 giveaway, 1 takeaway and 1 blocked shot.
Dave Maloney said that Kreider scored the most important goal of the game and Kreider added that sometimes you need a “greasy” goal to get going. (MSG)
During the game, Joe Micheletti said that this was the best he had seen Kreider play in “a long time” and that scoring lifted a weight off his shoulder.
After the game, Joe said that Kreider made plays defensively, was strong on the back check and looked like a “free skater” on the ice. He added that Kreider looked to the heavens after scoring and it looked like a piano fell off his back.
Against 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)
Chris 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)
4:11PM: Glass will likely be scratched, along with Matt Hunwick. (Zipay)
3:47PM: Chris Kreider is skating with Dominic Moore and Jesper Fast on the Rangers fourth line at practice today. (Leonard)
Tanner Glass is rotating with Lee Stempniak on the third line. (Zipay)
JT Miller, who scored on Monday off a feed from Marty St. Louis, is skating with Derek Stepan and St. Louis. (Leonard)
Matt Hunwick is skating as the extra defenseman today. (Leonard)
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Mats 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.”
Chris 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.