Chris Kreider (broken left hand) was back on the ice for the second time in three days as he participated in this morning’s optional skate.
Kreider had gloves on both hands, but was only using his right as he did tip drills in the crease.
…definitely encouraging seeing him out there, but I don’t think his timetable has been changed as the earliest he’d be back would be sometime in the second round.
…i thought for the first time since the Kreider injury, all four lines looked stable and worked well together on Tuesday vs. Carolina. Hopefully these next two games they can gain even more chemistry so that they’re firing on all cylinders once the playoffs begin.
…another big opportunity for Fast to prove he belongs in the NHL tonight.
In other injury news, Ryan McDonagh (shoulder) didn’t skate this morning as he focused on off-ice workouts.
McDonagh is expected to be back on the ice tomorrow as well as Saturday morning in Montreal at which point Alain Vigneault will make a decision regarding the Ranger defenseman’s status for the season finale.
…if the Rangers win tonight, I don’t think there’s any chance McDonagh plays on Saturday, but a loss combined with Flyers and Columbus wins in Tampa tonight & tomorrow, I wouldn’t be surprised if the injured defenseman is back on the blueline for the opening faceoff at 7pm.