Chris Kreider is doing it all right now for the Rangers. Flying up and down the ice. Throwing his body around. Shooting bullets at the opposing goaltender. I guess I should say, doing it all, but scoring.
After netting two goals in his first five games after being recalled from Hartford, he now has gone scoreless in his last nine.
And it's not like he isn't generating chances as he has 19 shots and eight assists in those nine games, but he needs to start finding the back of the net.
Here's Kreider after last night's game in which he came up empty on all four of his shots including a penalty shot (via Bergen Record)…
"When your linemates are giving you opportunities and helping you to get chances you need to finish, you need to reward them."
For Kreider's full comments, click here.
Alain Vigneault discussed Kreider's chances…
"He did everything he's supposed to do tonight. His chances were grade A plus chances. His shots were grade A shots. Their goaltender made some great saves. Give him credit."
For AV's full post game press conference, click here.
Here's Kreider's failed penalty shot…
…i'm really hesitant to criticize Kreider because he's been so good, dare I say dominant, since his recall. My hope is now that he's seemingly figured out what it takes to succeed at the NHL level, he'll begin working on other aspects of his game, specifically shooting, to take his play to the next level.
…what we as Rangers fans need to be more concerned about is the complete lack of scoring up and down the lineup. The Rangers haven't scored an even strength goal since the third period of the Devils game last Tuesday. The Rangers leading scorer, a tie between Ryan Callahan and Brad Richards, has just six goals. I don't care how many chances they're generating, that's putrid.
…thankfully, Nash is back in the lineup and if last night was any indication of what he's going to bring offensively, the Rangers misfortunes on the the offensive end should be ending real soon. His presence in the lineup immediately demands defensive attention opening up the ice for the rest of the team. Now, we just have to hope they start burying their shots.