Practice: Chris Kreider back/Anthony Duclair likely scratched

10:34AM the lines at the morning skate are (Gross):

Rick Nash, Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello
Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, Marty St. Louis
Carl Hagelin, Kevin Hayes, Lee Stempniak
JT Miller, Dom Moore, Jesper Fast

10:30AM Anthony Duclair is skating as an extra forward today as the Rangers morning skate and is likely to be a healthy scratch. (Gross)

Dan Boyle is not on the ice and neither is Tanner Glass. (NYR)

Read/Watch: The Derek Stepan/Chris Kreider collision from Tuesday

Late in the third period against the Penguins on Tuesday, Chris Kreider and Derek Stepan collided with Stepan heading to the bench.

The aftermath of the hit was Stepan and Kreider sitting on the bench next to each other with Stepan smiling and Alain Vigneault behind them laughing.

Stepan said after the game that he thinks he “won” the collision between the two and that hitting Kreider had the same feeling of being punched in the gut.  (Daily News)

He added that he had the wind knocked out of him and when Kreider saw him coming he “turtled” to lessen the impact. (North Jersey)


Read: Chris Kreider’s reputation in the NHL

In a span of 25 games, Chris Kreider  made contact with three goalies (Marc-Andre Fleury, Carey Price and Viktor Fasth) and did so a fourth time with Craig Anderson in 2013 that injured the Senators goalie. (THN)

Kreider has developed a pattern of going hard to the net and crashing into goalies and if this continues refs will start to “crack down” on him and put the Rangers at shorthanded disadvantage.  (THN)

He has been called for goalie interference three times in his career, this season, once in the playoffs last year and once in the playoffs in 2012.


Read: Reasons why there is no hearing for Chris Kreider

Kreider9:38PM: Ray Ferraro said on TSN 690, “I think Kreider should have at least been fined because lets assume that Brodin doesn’t get up from that collision and he hits the boards differently… are they not going to suspend him? He would be suspended for sure. The action should be suspended and if you want to change behavior, you have to make the player aware that it is not okay. The next time it happens why would Kreider  do anything differently. He doesn’t think he did anything wrong and people will say that Brodin slowed up and tried to reverse into him, what else is he going to do? Keep skating and let him slam him into the glass. If Kreider was at least fined maybe he would find another option.”

9:06PM: Pierre McGuire said on TSN 690 this afternoon, “I like Kreider, I know his family, watched him play at BC and World Juniors, spent a lot of time talking to him. He trains right near where I live but what he did was wrong. That is a bad hit, I don’t like it, that is one of the hits that you want out of the game.”

More from Pierre, below

8:56PM: On TSN 690 this afternoon, Pierre LeBrun was asked why Chris Kreider isn’t facing a hearing over his hit on Jonas Brodin last night.

LeBrun listed two reasons, saying:

  • “Kreider paid a penalty by being thrown out of the game, never underestimate the fact that the ref threw a player out of a game because that has a bearing sometimes on how player safety reacts.”
  • “is that it’s my understanding that when player safety broke it down they felt that Brodin turned into the hit a little and that is kind of why Kreider gets off.”

LeBrun, because he said he wants to stir the pot while on Montreal radio said, “Kreider seems to have the ability of ‘excuse me while I mistakenly run into you’ if you know what I mean.”

Kreider said today that he was surprised he was thrown out of the game. He added, “it happened in the first so I am basically missing the whole game. That was discipline enough.”

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Recap: Chris Kreider’s comments today

Chris Kreider TongueChris Kreider met with the media today following the Rangers practice (LoHud via Soundcloud)

  • On getting the major and misconduct, ‘I was a little surprised. I didn’t see it as as board since it was so far off the wall. Trying to get on the forecheck  20-15 seconds left, maybe get a chance to pin them and a shot late and I can feel him letting up so I turned sideways not to go through him but at the same time get a piece of him and that is what happened.”
  • On no discipline, “it happened in the first so I am basically missing the whole game. That was discipline enough.”

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