UPDATED 7:04 pm:
The Rangers confirm Kreider is out for tomorrow’s game vs. Flyers, do not release any more info:
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) March 25, 2014
– Not looking good for Chris Kreider…
UPDATE 7:00 pm:
Curiously, the original tweet by Bob McKenzie was deleted, however, the story TSN ran is still up on the site.
Rick Carpinello of Rangers Report confirms Kreider is out of the lineup for tomorrow, per the team:
Kreider out of lineup tomorrow, per NYR. No further info available.
— Rangers Report (@rangersreport) March 25, 2014
Last night’s thrilling OT win over the Phoenix Coyotes seems to have come at a heavy price as TSN reports Chris Kreider will be out for at least one month due to a hand injury (a hand that may contain a broken bone).
Kreider played only three third period shifts last night before leaving with nine minutes left.
It comes at a unfavorable time as the Rangers, currently 2nd in the Metropolitan Division, make a push towards the playoffs with nine games remaining. The 22-year-old Kreider has 17 goals (tied for second on the team) and 20 assists in 66 games this season with the Blueshirts.
The Rangers do have Dan Carcillo and Ryan Haggerty as spare forwards up with the club, but New York could turn to JT Miller (six points in 28 games in ’13-14) to fill in for Kreider’s spot over the long term.
– No way to sugarcoat it: this hurts the Rangers. While it’s not on the par of losing Lundqvist, McDonagh or Nash long term, Kreider is still an important piece to the team, especially offensively.
– I would think JT Miller be pegged as the guy to slot in Kreider’s spot. Lets not forget Derek Stepan and Marty St. Louis aren’t 100% at the moment due to the flu so this injury couldn’t have come at a worse time.
– Wednesday’s matchup against the Flyers, who hold two games in hand, was already crucial for standings/seeding. It becomes that much more important to somehow lock up two more points while being shorthanded.
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