Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that Chris Kreider (ankle/bone chips) was among 14 Rangers on the ice this morning for an optional practice before the team flies to Tampa.
Here's Kreider on his injury…
“It’s better than it was, there’s definitely improvement, it’s day to day. It’s hard to say, we didn’t do a ton of explosive drills. It’s hard to say, it’s probably better than it was."
Pat Leonard at the Daily News adds that Kreider will be joining the team on the flight, however, he is not likely to play.
…man this team could really use a shot in the arm with the return of a healthy Kreider. Hopefully he'll be able to give the Rangers the same jolt as in the playoffs last year when he hopefully returns next week.
Here are the 14 players who attended the optional practice Kreider, Pyatt, Stepan, Hagelin, Rupp, Boyle, Ferriero, Asham, Halpern, Bickel, Lundqvist, Biron, Gilroy, Eminger.
Leonard adds that the players with heavy minutes last night (Nash, Gaborik, Richards, Girardi, McDonagh, Staal and Del Zotto) opted out of practice.
…i criticized the team last week for taking a day off after a stinker, but the schedule as been brutal so I'm not going to kill the seven guys who took off. Does the team no help if they're burned out tomorrow night against the high scoring Lightning.