Kreider Could Have Surgery; Miller In Lineup; St. Louis, Stepan Feeling Better; Carcillo a Flu Victim

After this morning’s practice, Alain Vigneault confirmed Chris Kreider’s broken hand while not ruling our surgery for the 22-year old forward.

Vigneault added that Kreider, who suffered the injury during the Columbus game, didn’t cause further damage playing in the next two games against the Devils and Coyotes.

Kreider will not accompany the team on it’s up coming four game Western Canadian road trip.

…good to see the Rangers medical staff on top of another injury. I’m sure the Boogaard family would approve.

…that’s at least 4-6 weeks. Teams who are successful in any professional sport are able to overcome injuries to key players. Next guy, in this case JT Miller, needs to step in and step up.

Speaking of Miller, he arrived at MSG after the morning skate but will be in the lineup tonight.

In other lineup news, Derek Stepan and Martin St. Louis were feeling much better today and will play.

Unfortunately, the flu continues to work its why through the Rangers with Dan Carcillo as the latest victim meaning he is out tonight.

Here are the likely lines based on this morning’s skate…

Nash-Stepan-St. Louis

…with Kreider out, it’s very encouraging news that Stepan & St. Louis have recovered from their bout of the flu. Hopefully, St. Louis purged all the goalless nights from his system and he’s ready to finally prove to Rangers fans what an amazing talent he truly is.

…wait? No Haggerty? No one really thought he was going to get a chance, did they?

…this is no shot at Kreider, but I feel just as confident with this lineup as I would with the Boston College product. Miller has proved he play at this level and brings a toughness to the table that’ll help him survive a game like tonight.

Finally, John Moore skated for the first time since suffering a concussion Friday night in Columbus, saying he feels much better, but will miss his third straight game tonight.

…i thought Diaz took a bit of a step back in the Coyotes game after an impressive debut against the Devils, so I’m curious to see what we’re going to get from him tonight.


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