Chris Kreider participated in a full practice with his teammates for the first time since fracturing his left hand on March 24th.
Kreider has been medically cleared to play, however, Alain Vigneault labeled the 23-year old forward as day to day and wouldn’t confirm whether he’d be in the Game 4 line-up tonight (via Bergen Record)…
“I haven’t talked to him yet…and today was his first time on the ice with his teammates. I’m just telling you that he’s day to day at this stage.”
Kreider added this…
“It’s more of a day to day thing at this point so, like I said, it’s how I’ve been approaching it this entire time. But now there’s at least light at the end of the tunnel, at least hopefully there is if it continues to improve. We’ll see.”
Kreider, who says he feels good and was able to lean further into shots today, has no medical restrictions that he knew of or have been mentioned to him by the team doctors.
Here’s video of Kreider taking shots at this morning’s practice (via Rangers Vine)…
…i’m usually very conservative with injuries, but I’m sorry, if he’s medically cleared without any restrictions he better be in the line-up tonight. I can’t think of why he wouldn’t be.
…assuming Fast is will be the line-up casualty for Kreider, but the next lineup decision will be Miller, Carcillo or Dorsett. I once again liked Miller’s game on Monday, but Carcillo has had much more impact in games than the rookie forward. If Carcillo is AV’s choice, I’d like to see him loosen the leash on the agitator a little bit in order to create some energy early and get the crowd into the game.
Kreider pic courtesy of Rangers Twitter account.