Last night Chris Kreider took a vicious hit from Brooks Orpik in the closing minute of the game. Here's the latest on his status…
Torts says he has no update on @chriskreider after being on receiving end of hard hit from Brooks Orpik…calls hit "clean"
— Jim Cerny (@JimCerny) January 21, 2013
Here's video of the hit…
…that's a big, CLEAN open ice hit. It looked like Kreider braced himself and didn't take a blow to the head, so I'm hoping no concussion. Although, he could have still gotten one from possible wiplash.
…while the hit was clean, you've got to be concerned that no Rangers stuck up for Kreider. No doubt if guys like Prust, Dubinsky and dare I say Avery were still on the team they would have gone after Orpik. While I enjoyed Asham's opening faceoff fight, he's got to find away to get out there and stick up for his young teammate. I'm a bit worried that the Rangers might have lost too much of their guts this offseason.
…don't like the fact that Kreider was unavailable to the media after the game.