Chris Kreider has been a force in the past two games

In the past two games, Chris Kreider has one goal, 8 shots on goal, 3 shot attempts that were blocked, 4 shot attempts that missed the net and 10 hits.

Ron Duguay said on Saturday that Kreider was a leader with how he played on the ice.

Duguay added after game three that Kreider isn’t shying away from contact and is a “playoff type of player.”

Steve Valiquette said on Monday that the “big boys” step up in the playoffs and that is what Kreider is doing.

Krieder played like a man on a mission in game two. (NY Times)

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What Alain Vigneault said today after practice (On Derick Brassard, Kevin Hayes and Chris Kreider)

Alain VigneaultAlain Vigneault spoke with the media today following the Rangers practice (NYR):

  • Does the team have a higher gear to hit, “we are working hard and playing against a good team and it’s playoff hockey and not a lot separates the teams. To think that we can step on the ice and dominate I don’t think is possible. Pitt has elite players, balance up front, a goalie who has won a Cup and is one of the top guys in the league. It’s a tough battle and we are going out there and trying our best.”

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The beast that was Chris Kreider last night and how he needs to play

RangersChris Kreider had two assists, a plus three rating and 3 shots on goal last night in the Rangers OT win over Columbus.

Derek Stepan said that Kreider was a “beast” against Columbus and that he is “really starting to hit his stride.” (MSG)

Two weeks ago, Larry Brooks wrote that the Rangers won’t be able to survive in the playoffs if Kreider plays like he did against the Bruins and Caps when his “speed, size and power” were lacking. (NY Post)

Brooks wrote after last night’s game that Kreider has “elevated: his game over the past week. (NY Post)

Stepan added after the game that Kreider is “phenomenal” and learning how to use his body effectively on the ice. Stepan added that “he’s a big part of our hockey team.” (NY Post)

Kreider has a four game point streak and has one goal and four assists in that time. (Rangers Game Notes)


Chris Kreider has hit 20 goals/his goal scoring season

KreiderChris Kreider has reached 20 goals for the first time in his career and has set new career highs in goals (20), assists (20) and points (40) this season.

Kreider said last night that he doesn’t set many personal goals for himself. (MSG)

By month, Kreider has scored:

  • October (9 games): 2 goals
  • November (13 games): 2 goals
  • December (11 games): 2 goals
  • January (12 games): 5 goals
  • February (14 games): 5 goals
  • March (12 games): 4 goals

17 of Kreider’s goals have come in Rangers wins, 4 have tied the game for the Rangers, 8 have given the Rangers the lead, 7 have given the Rangers an insurance goal. 7 of his goals have come on the PP.

Kreider has 4 game winning goals on the season which is tied for second on the team with Carl Hagelin and Kevin Klein.


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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