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Feb 15, 2019; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)
Feb 15, 2019; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)

No New York Ranger has more goals over the past three seasons than Chris Kreider's 72. However, that doesn't mean that the Rangers' longest-tenured forward is safe heading into what would be his eighth season as a Blueshirt. 

Given the Rangers' salary cap troubles, it's been speculated that the team may have to part with an expensive piece like Kreider to make room for young talent. The team only has slightly more than $1 million in cap space, and still must re-sign forward Brandon Lemieux and defenseman Tony DeAngelo, who are restricted free agents. Kreider, a free agent in one year, carries a $4.625 million cap hit.

From a financial perspective, it makes sense to trade Kreider. However, members of the Rangers' front office reiterated on Thursday that as of now, the expectation is that Kreider will remain a member of the Rangers for the 2019-20 season.

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Sep 30, 2017; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames defenseman T.J. Brodie (7) controls the puck against the Winnipeg Jets during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)
Sep 30, 2017; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames defenseman T.J. Brodie (7) controls the puck against the Winnipeg Jets during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)

The New York Rangers enter the NHL offseason in one of the best positions: They have money to spend, and are a prime free agent destination.

Some of the game's biggest names, like Erik Karlsson and Artemi Panarin, have already been linked to the Rangers before free agency begins on July 1. The team also scored a major victory in the draft lottery and will get to select a franchise player with the second overall pick.

While the Rangers are expected to be finalists for either Panarin or Karlsson this summer, that doesn't mean they should be done shopping. They have many prospects gunning for spots, but it is a little bit of proven veteran goal scoring that has a way of coming up clutch in the Stanley Cup playoffs-just look at Justin Williams and Patrick Maroon in this year's postseason.

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Adam Fox could make his Broadway debut as soon as this fall.

What was a formality once the Rangers acquired his rights this week became official on Thursday as Fox signed his entry-level contract. Assuming the 21-year-old is as advertised during training camp, he could be on the Blueshirts' NHL roster on opening night.

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Glen Sather was already a Hall of Famer before he arrived in New York as a 56-year-old on June 1, 2000, building and coaching the Oilers dynasty of the 1980s to four Stanley Cups and adding one more solely as an executive in 1989-90, two years after ownership forced the trade of Wayne Gretzky to Los Angeles.

The cigar-chomping Sather is an iconic figure in NHL history, an undisputed giant of the game. His Rangers legacy is complicated.

For there is an unmistakable void in Sather's 19-year run with the Blueshirts, the first 15 of which were spent as both president and general manager before he ceded the GM title to Jeff Gorton, with a 90-game stint as coach across the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons sprinkled in.

Though he orchestrated one of the most memorable runs in franchise history during which the Rangers went to the playoffs 11 out of 12 years, the 75-year-old will step down as president and into an advisory role, as the club announced Thursday, without a Stanley Cup.

Tags: Brady Skjei, Chris Kreider, Dan Girardi, Derek Stepan, Henrik Lundqvist, J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast, Marc Staal, Mats Zuccarello
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New York won 3-2 at Boston on Jan. 19 -- the Bruins' most recent regulation home defeat -- and 4-3 in a home shootout Feb. 6. But the Rangers enter amid a 2-7-5 stretch following Monday's 5-2 home loss to Pittsburgh.

Goals by youngsters Brendan Lemieux and Vinni Lettieri gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead late in the first period against the Penguins. However, New York managed 19 shots on goal over the next two periods after recording 16 in the first.

"First period, we were all over them," defenseman Brady Skjei told the Rangers' official website. "Just kind of got away from it. >> Read More

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Tags: Alexander Georgiev, Chris Kreider, Henrik Lundqvist, John Gilmour, Marc Staal, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vinni Lettieri
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New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev defends against Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev defends against Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers (28-32-13), who are out of playoff contention, are coming off a 3-2 home loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.

They have had three days to prepare for Toronto. The teams have split their first two meetings this season.

Defenseman John Gilmour and forward Vinni Lettieri were called up from Hartford of the American Hockey League for the game Tuesday. Lettieri played in his 19th game for the Rangers this season. Gilmour played in the Rangers' final 28 games last season but was playing his first NHL game this season.

Tags: Alexander Georgiev, Chris Kreider, Henrik Lundqvist, John Gilmour, Marc Staal, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vinni Lettieri
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Feb 23, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) celebrates his goal against the New Jersey Devils with teammates during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 23, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) celebrates his goal against the New Jersey Devils with teammates during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

It's been nearly a month-long scoring drought for Chris Kreider

But the Rangers assistant captain has a reason behind his production issues. On Monday, Larry Brooks of the New York Post reported Kreider has been has been hampered by a balky hamstring since Feb. 27, when the injury occurred during the Blueshirts' game against Tampa Bay. 

"You're going to have dips in your game," Kreider told the Post. "The season is just so long. But you have to learn how to approach them, deal with them, separate the good from the bad and put everything in perspective. And you learn as you go along. I know I learned from watching and talking to Rick Nash when he went through lulls, and his message was to simplify things and get back to the basics."

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Mar 15, 2019; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) and Calgary Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) battle for the puck during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)
Mar 15, 2019; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) and Calgary Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) battle for the puck during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports (Sergei Belski)

New York heads to Minnesota on a three-game losing streak and has been blown out in its last two losses, getting outscored 9-2 in defeats at Vancouver and Calgary, the latter by a 5-1 margin on Friday.

The Rangers were tied 1-1 after the opening 20 minutes against the Flames but gave up two goals in 70 seconds in the second period.

"We just weren't real dialed in defensively tonight, not only the goals that they scored, but how many times did you look up and all of a sudden, there's a 1-on-3 in front of our net," New York coach David Quinn told reporters. "We cheated the game too often tonight, very loose defensively, didn't hit anybody, didn't want to get hit and we played very slow.

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Feb 15, 2019; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)
Feb 15, 2019; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)

Rangers left wing Chris Kreider was fined $5,000 for elbowing Vancouver's Elias Pettersson during Wednesday's game, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced Thursday. The fine is the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement.

Kreider smashed Pettersson in the face with a spinning elbow at 4:18 of the second period. He was assessed a major penalty and a game misconduct. 

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Feb 23, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) celebrates his goal against the New Jersey Devils with teammates during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 23, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) celebrates his goal against the New Jersey Devils with teammates during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Rangers and Devils are both scrapping at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division but it was the Blueshirts who came out on top in a 5-2 win over the Devils. Jimmy Vesey, Ryan Strome and Chris Kreider scored three unanswered goals in the first period en route to their third win in last six games.  >> Box score


First period:

  • 4:48 NYR Jimmy Vesey; Assists: Pavel Buchnevich, Tony DeAngelo
  • 8:54 NYR Ryan Strome (Power Play); Assists: Chris Kreider, Pavel Buchnevich
  • 14:23 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Jimmy Vesey
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Jan 10, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Neal Pionk (44) and New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) reacts after losing to the New York Islanders 4-3 during the third period at Madison Square Garden. 
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Jan 10, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Neal Pionk (44) and New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) reacts after losing to the New York Islanders 4-3 during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Rangers are on a five-game losing streak and during their longest skid of the season, they are getting outscored 26-8. The skid began with lopsided losses to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Colorado Avalanche and Arizona Coyotes before close losses to the Vegas Golden Knights and Islanders.

Thursday's loss was the second time in this skid the Rangers outshot their opponent and it occurred after a 17-1 advantage in the third period. New York also allowed two power-play goals to the Islanders and have allowed eight goals in 21 chances with the man advantage during the skid. >> Read more

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Dec 31, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee (27) takes a shot on goal as Buffalo Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian (4) looks to block it during the first period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Dec 31, 2018; Buffalo, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee (27) takes a shot on goal as Buffalo Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian (4) looks to block it during the first period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

When the New York Islanders and New York Rangers split a pair of high-scoring games in November, it appeared both teams might stay in contention for postseason spots in the Eastern Conference.

Nearly two months later, the Islanders are ascending while the Rangers are dealing with a significant tailspin and falling way behind in the playoff race.

On Saturday afternoon, the teams will get together for the last time this season and for the last time at Brooklyn's Barclays Center when then Rangers visit the Islanders in the back end of a home-and-home set. >> Read more

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A battle against your cross-town rival is one way to snap out of a funk. Both the Islanders and Rangers need a victory Thursday night as the teams prepare to play against each other at Madison Square Garden in the front end of a home-and-home. 
 
The Rangers must find a way to prevent the ship from completely collapsing after an ugly four-game losing streak in which they were outscored 22-5 and Henrik Lundqvist was chased from the net twice.
 
The Islanders fell to the Hurricanes on Tuesday, snapping an impressive six-game winning streak highlighted by a dominant 4-0 win over the Maple Leafs in Toronto. 

Tags: Brock Nelson, Chris Kreider, Henrik Lundqvist, Jordan Eberle, Kevin Hayes, Kevin Shattenkirk, Mats Zuccarello, Valtteri Filppula
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A battle against your cross-town rival is one way to snap out of a funk. Both the Islanders and Rangers need a victory Thursday night as the teams prepare to play against each other at Madison Square Garden in the front end of a home-and-home. 
 
The Rangers must find a way to prevent the ship from completely collapsing after an ugly four-game losing streak in which they were outscored 22-5 and Henrik Lundqvist was chased from the net twice.
 
The Islanders fell to the Hurricanes on Tuesday, snapping an impressive six-game winning streak highlighted by a dominant 4-0 win over the Maple Leafs in Toronto. 

Tags: Brock Nelson, Chris Kreider, Henrik Lundqvist, Jordan Eberle, Kevin Hayes, Kevin Shattenkirk, Mats Zuccarello, Valtteri Filppula
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Dec 29, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates with New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) after a win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Dec 29, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) celebrates with New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) after a win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

The Rangers scored two big goals in the third period to top the Predators, 4-3, while snapping their three-game losing streak  >> Box score


First period:

  • 2:42 NYR Chris Kreider (Power Play); Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Kevin Hayes
  • 8:43 NSH Nick Bonino; Assists: Mattias Ekholm, Kevin Fiala

Second period:

  • 3:51 NYR Jesper Fast; Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider
  • 4:44 NSH Kevin Fiala
  • 10:35 NSH Nick Bonino (Power Play); Assists: Craig Smith, Kevin Fiala

Third period:

  • 4:23 NYR Marc Staal; Assists: Jesper Fast, Mika Zibanejad
  • 7:35 NYR Jesper Fast; Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider
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Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) is congratulated by New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) after making the game winning save against the Colorado Avalanche during the shootout at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) is congratulated by New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) after making the game winning save against the Colorado Avalanche during the shootout at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

NASHVILLE -- New York (15-14-7) has managed to pick up a point in seven of its last nine games. But the Rangers have just two wins to show for the stretch following a 4-3 overtime loss Thursday night in Madison Square Garden to Columbus.

Chris Kreider's goal at 12:06 of the third period gave New York a late edge, but the Blue Jackets equalized via Zach Werenski at 17:40 and then skated off 31 seconds into overtime on Pierre-Luc Dubois' 14th marker of the year.

"We can't let this get in the way of moving on and getting ready for Nashville," said first-year coach David Quinn. "There were situations where we had a chance to get the puck out and didn't do what we were supposed to. It's about learning how to win."

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Dec 27, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) and Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand (28) fight for the puck during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Dec 27, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) and Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand (28) fight for the puck during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Chris Kreider scored two goals for the Rangers but the Blue Jackets tied the game late in the third period before scoring the winner in overtime. >> Box score


First period:

  • 9:17 CBJ Oliver Bjorkstrand; Assists: Boone Jenner, Cam Atkinson
  • 13:59 NYR Jimmy Vesey; Assists: Kevin Hayes, Vladislav Namestnikov
  • 16:08 CBJ David Savard; Assists: Oliver Bjorkstrand, Scott Harrington

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Anthony Beauvillier scored his first career hat trick as the Islanders topped the Rangers in a 7-5 barn burner at Barclays Center. >> Box score

First period:

  • 5:00 NYR Chris Kreider (power play); Assists: Neal Pionk, Mika Zibanejad
  • 5:35 NYR Fredrik Claesson; Assists: Brett Howden
  • 9:35 NYI Anthony Beauvillier; Assists: Thomas Hickey, Valtteri Filppula
  • 10:38 NYI Brock Nelson; Assists: Nick Leddy, Jordan Eberle

Second period:

  • 2:24 NYI Anthony Beauvillier; Assists: Valtteri Filppula, Leo Komarov
  • 3:21 NYR Kevin Hayes (shorthanded); Assists: None
  • 5:13 NYI Anthony Beauvillier (power play; hat trick); Assists: Johnny Boychuk, Mathew Barzal
  • 14:04 NYI Anders Lee (power play); Assists: Nick Leddy, Josh Bailey

Third period:

  • 9:56 NYI Leo Komarov; Assists: Valtteri Filppula, Anthony Beauvillier
  • 13:13 NYR Chris Kreider (power play); Assists: Neal Pionk, Alexander Georgiev
  • 17:31 NYR Filip Chytil; Assists: Vladislav Namestnikov, Kevin Shattenkirk
  • 19:39 NYI Cal Clutterbuck (empty net); Assists: Brock Nelson
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Anthony Beauvillier scored his first career hat trick as the Islanders topped the Rangers in a 7-5 barn burner at Barclays Center. >> Box score

First period:

  • 5:00 NYR Chris Kreider (power play); Assists: Neal Pionk, Mika Zibanejad
  • 5:35 NYR Fredrik Claesson; Assists: Brett Howden
  • 9:35 NYI Anthony Beauvillier; Assists: Thomas Hickey, Valtteri Filppula
  • 10:38 NYI Brock Nelson; Assists: Nick Leddy, Jordan Eberle

Second period:

  • 2:24 NYI Anthony Beauvillier; Assists: Valtteri Filppula, Leo Komarov
  • 3:21 NYR Kevin Hayes (shorthanded); Assists: None
  • 5:13 NYI Anthony Beauvillier (power play; hat trick); Assists: Johnny Boychuk, Mathew Barzal
  • 14:04 NYI Anders Lee (power play); Assists: Nick Leddy, Josh Bailey

Third period:

  • 9:56 NYI Leo Komarov; Assists: Valtteri Filppula, Anthony Beauvillier
  • 13:13 NYR Chris Kreider (power play); Assists: Neal Pionk, Alexander Georgiev
  • 17:31 NYR Filip Chytil; Assists: Vladislav Namestnikov, Kevin Shattenkirk
  • 19:39 NYI Cal Clutterbuck (empty net); Assists: Brock Nelson
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New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) and New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) fight for the puck during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) and New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) fight for the puck during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Three months ago almost every NHL preview did not have the Rangers and Islanders as two teams that would be fighting for the lead in the Metropolitan Division, but as we approach their first matchup Thursday night, it appears that neither team read, watched or listened those predictions -- the Isles and Rangers are tied for second place with 20 points, trailing only the Columbus Blue Jackets by two points for the division lead. 

Both teams have taken very different paths to get to this point. 

Let's start with the Islanders, who appear to have moved on from losing former captain John Tavares. The stability that Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have brought to the organization cannot be quantified. While this team is not the most talented, it does not get outworked, plays a much better defensive structure and is keeping the puck out of its own net. Thomas Greiss and Robin Lehner have provided stability between the pipes and the duo of Josh Bailey and Anders Lee have proven that they are not a product of their former captain...

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Casey Cizikas, Chris Kreider, Jimmy Vesey, Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal, Mika Zibanejad, Neal Pionk, Thomas Greiss
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New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) and New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) fight for the puck during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) and New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) fight for the puck during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Three months ago almost every NHL preview did not have the Rangers and Islanders as two teams that would be fighting for the lead in the Metropolitan Division, but as we approach their first matchup Thursday night, it appears that neither team read, watched or listened those predictions -- the Isles and Rangers are tied for second place with 20 points, trailing only the Columbus Blue Jackets by two points for the division lead. 

Both teams have taken very different paths to get to this point. 

Let's start with the Islanders, who appear to have moved on from losing former captain John Tavares. The stability that Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz have brought to the organization cannot be quantified. While this team is not the most talented, it does not get outworked, plays a much better defensive structure and is keeping the puck out of its own net. Thomas Greiss and Robin Lehner have provided stability between the pipes and the duo of Josh Bailey and Anders Lee have proven that they are not a product of their former captain. 

Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Casey Cizikas, Chris Kreider, Jimmy Vesey, Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal, Mika Zibanejad, Neal Pionk, Thomas Greiss
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Oct 30, 2018; San Jose, CA, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the San Jose Sharks during the second period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)
Oct 30, 2018; San Jose, CA, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save against the San Jose Sharks during the second period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)

The Rangers came dangerously close to letting two points slip through the cracks Tuesday night, but managed to escape with a 4-3 shootout win over the Sharks. 

Chris Kreider scored two goals in the third period, each giving the Rangers the lead, but Sharks' Tomas Hertl tied the game with 1.3 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. The Rangers managed to salvage the game in the shootout, 1-0, courtesy of Kevin Shattenkirk. >> Box score

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Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) is congratulated by New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) after making the game winning save against the Colorado Avalanche during the shootout at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) is congratulated by New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) after making the game winning save against the Colorado Avalanche during the shootout at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Rangers bounced back from their loss against the Oilers to edge the Colorado Avalanche in a shootout on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. Kevin Shattenkirk had two assists and scored the deciding goal in the shootout while Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 shots on goal in the 3-2 Rangers victory.  >> Box score

First period:

  • 12:07 NYR Chris Kreider (Power Play); Assists: Kevin Shattenkirk, Mats Zuccarello

Second period:

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Mar 26, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) celebrates his goal against Montreal Canadiens with teammate right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) and defenseman Greg Pateryn (6) during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)
Mar 26, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) celebrates his goal against Montreal Canadiens with teammate right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) and defenseman Greg Pateryn (6) during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports (Jean-Yves Ahern)

The Rangers' 'A' list has grown extra long for the 2018-19 NHL season.

The Blueshirts announced Wednesday that Chris Kreider, Jesper Fast, Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello and Marc Staal will serve as alternate captains for the upcoming campaign.

The new leadership quintet figures to be a collective substitute for the primary captain role. The Rangers' 'C' remains ownerless since last season's trade of ex-captain Ryan McDonagh to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Tags: Chris Kreider, Jesper Fast, Marc Staal, Mats Zuccarello, Mika Zibanejad
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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) skates against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) skates against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

In 381 career regular season games, Chris Kreider has played a total of 5 minutes and 37 seconds of time on the penalty Kill.

In last Monday's preseason game against the Devils, Kreider played a total of 19:57 with 3:28 coming on the PK.

David Quinn said this past week that the Rangers are trying to figure out if Kreider can be used in shorthanded situations because with his speed, he makes a PP "uncomfortable." (NYR)

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Oct 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) shoots the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)
Oct 7, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) shoots the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports (Tom Szczerbowski)

Chris Kreider said that he is feeling "really good" this summer and is continuing to stay at a lower weight like he did when he returned last season. (Salem News)

Kreider said that he played at around 230 pounds prior to his injury last season and that now he is under 220 but still feels "really strong." (Salem News)

He noted that the lighter weight could help him be more mobile and "quicker to an extent." (Salem News)

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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) skates against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) skates against the Buffalo Sabres during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

8/1/18| Jeff Gorton said that Chris Kreider is not a "young player anymore" and that right now he is in his "prime years." (MSG)

Gorton said that because of Kreider's experience and stature with the team he will be a good player for the young Rangers to "lean on" and added that he feels Kreider is "ready for that role." (MSG)

Kreider, 27, has played in 381 regular season games and 77 playoff games in his NHL career.

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Nov 22, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider (20) points after his third period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Nov 22, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider (20) points after his third period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

Chris Kreider, Vitali Kravtsov and Nils Lundkvist joined Bruce Beck on WNBC's Sports final on Sunday and said:

  • Nils Lundkvist on being drafted, "It feels unbelievable to be part of the Rangers. When they said my name at the draft I couldn't believe that it happened, I'm really excited to see what happens and looking forward to prospect camp and next season. I'm really glad."
  • Vitali Kravtsov on being drafted, I'm really excited to be in New York, great city, great fans, great team. This is my dream."
  • Chris Kreider on what he remembers about the draft, "It's definitely a whirlwind, a fun few weeks where you can look back on and smile. Work comes right after the draft, prospect camp this week and it's kind of trial by fire because they haven't been on the ice and have been focusing on the draft and combine and get thrown right into it. It's a fun experience and something they should try to enjoy and soak up as much as they can."
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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) and left wing Chris Kreider (20) celebrate a 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) and left wing Chris Kreider (20) celebrate a 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Chris Kreider has remained in Europe following the World Championships and is spending time with Mika Zibanejad in Sweden.

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Mar 3, 2018; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider (20) celebrates a first period goal against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)
Mar 3, 2018; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider (20) celebrates a first period goal against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)

Chris Kreider scored twice and was named "Best Player" of the game in Team USA's 4-1 win over Canada.

The win awarded Team USA the bronze medal.

Kreider had five shots on goal, a plus two rating and played 17:34, with 4:05 in the first, 7:38 in the second and 5:51 in the third.

Neal Pionk played 11:57, with 4:20 in the first, 3:04 in the second and 4:33 in the third.

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Nov 22, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider (20) points after his third period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Nov 22, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider (20) points after his third period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

Chris Kreider picked up a secondary assist in Team USA's 6-2 loss to Finland on Tuesday morning.

Kreider had 2 shots on goal and played 14:57, with 4:57 in the first, 5:37 in the second and 4:23 in the third.

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Feb 13, 2018; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Neal Pionk (44) during a game between the Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Feb 13, 2018; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Neal Pionk (44) during a game between the Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Neal Pionk scored his second goal in two-games for Team USA in their 9-3 win over Norway.

Pionk had two shots on goal, a plus two rating and played 10:40, with 3:48 in the first, 4:27 in the second and 2:25 in the third.

Pionk was also called for hooking.

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Feb 13, 2018; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Neal Pionk (44) during a game between the Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Feb 13, 2018; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Neal Pionk (44) during a game between the Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Team USA defeated South Korea 13-1 at the World Championships on Friday.

Chris Kreider had an assist, 3 shots on goal, a plus one rating and a total of 13:43.

He played 5:09 in the first, 6:17 in the second and 2:17 in the third.

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Mar 3, 2018; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider (20) celebrates a first period goal against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)
Mar 3, 2018; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider (20) celebrates a first period goal against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports (Perry Nelson)

Chris Kreider scored a PP goal for Team USA in their 3-2 OT win over Latvia in the World Championships.

Kreider had two shots on goal, played 12:24 overall and was called for holding 29 seconds into the game.

Kreider played 3:11 in the first, 4:37 in the second and 4:36 in the third.

Neal Pionk had one shot on goal in 11:58, playing 4:14 in the first, 4:41 in the second and 3:03 in the third

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Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) readies for play during the third period against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) readies for play during the third period against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

5:36PM: Kreider had a goal, an assist and was named as the Player of the Game for Team USA in their win over Denmark.

Kreider had four shots on goal, a plus one rating and 12:36 of ice time.

By period, Kreider played 4:54 in the first, 4:09 in the second period and 3:33 in the third.

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New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) looks on during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) looks on during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

2:45PM:Kreider had two assists and was a plus one in 15:42 in Team USA's shootout win over Canada.

Neal Pionk had one shot on goal, was a plus two and played 16:10.

By period, Pionk played 5:52 in the first, 5:34 in the second, 4:44 in the third and did not see a shift in OT.

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New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) looks on during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) looks on during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

Chris Kreider will play for Team USA at the World Championships this spring in Denmark. (Larry Brooks)

Kreider previously played for Team USA at the Worlds in 2010 and 2011 while at Boston College, scoring three goals and two assists in 13 games.

Pavel Buchnevich is expected to play for Russia and Mika Zibanejad is expected to play for Sweden. (Newsday)

The World Championships begin on May 4.

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The Rangers have announced that Chris Kreider is their nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy.

From the Rangers release:

The New York Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) announced today that Rangers forward Chris Kreider has been selected as the team's nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy in 2017-18. The Bill Masterton Trophy is awarded annually to the NHL player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."

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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) skates with the puck in front of Buffalo Sabres defenseman Marco Scandella (6) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Jimmy Vesey (26) skates with the puck in front of Buffalo Sabres defenseman Marco Scandella (6) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

The Rangers scored five goals to open the game and cruised to a 5-1 win over the Sabres on Saturday night to snap a three-game losing streak.  >> Box score


First Period

  • 16:29 NYR Chris Kreider; Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Jesper Fast
  • 18:02 NYR Jimmy Vesey Assists: Mats Zuccarello

Second Period

  • 3:59 NYR Neal Pionk; Assists: Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes
  • 8:45 NYR Mika Zibanejad (Power Play); Assists: Chris Kreider, Neal Pionk
  • 14:47 NYR Jimmy Vesey (Power Play); Assists: Ryan Spooner, Kevin Hayes

Third Period

  • 15:26 BUF Sam Reinhart (Power Play); Assists: Kyle Okposo, Ryan O'Reilly
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Mar 17, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (17) is congratulated by defenseman Marc Staal (18) and left wing Chris Kreider (20) and center Mika Zibanejad (93) after scoring during the second period against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Mar 17, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Rangers right wing Jesper Fast (17) is congratulated by defenseman Marc Staal (18) and left wing Chris Kreider (20) and center Mika Zibanejad (93) after scoring during the second period against the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

In the past two games, the line of Chris Kreider, Mika Zibanejad and Jesper Fast has tallied six goals and six assists and that trio has scored six of he seven Ranger goals in that time. (NYR Game Notes)

Alain Vigneault said that he felt Kreider and Zibanejad were playing some of their best hockey of the year right now and that since he put Fast on that line, the trio has been the Rangers best at 5 on 5.

He noted that those three players have gone up against some of the other team's top players and done a "real good job for us."

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Mar 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) reacts with New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) and New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) after scoring the game winning goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 14, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) reacts with New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) and New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) after scoring the game winning goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Chris Kreider has six points in the past two games and 10 points in the Rangers last nine games.

7 of Kreider's 10 points in the last nine games have been primary points. (NYR Game Notes)

Prior to the game, Alain Vigneault said that Kreider has always been a "real pro" and is getting a bigger leadership role right now.

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New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) looks on during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) looks on during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

10:46PM: On MSG, Alain Vigneault said that the medical staff held Kreider off for precautionary reasons after he took a hit to the head.

Vigneault said that Kreider passed the tests he took after the hit but the medical staff didn't want to take any chances.

8:42PM: Chris Kreider will not return to tonight's game due to precautionary reasons. (NYR)

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Chris Kreider returned to the Rangers lineup last night and said that he felt like it was his "first NHL game again." (MSG)

Kreider said that he was nervous all day and that ultimately it felt "awesome" and exciting to be back on the ice. (MSG)

Kreider added (NYR Game Notes):

  • "It was definitely an emotional game for me, thinking about where I was six weeks ago and the position I was in, kind of reflecting on all of the support that I had. It's hard because obviously the team is going through a rough time, but I couldn't stop smiling. I'm just happy to be playing hockey again."
  • "It's hard not to appreciate every single game at this point, especially this first one. The right word is perspective, so I was happy to be out there and happy to be with my teammates. I'm just trying to appreciate every moment."

Kreider played 15:59, had 2 shots on goal and 4 hits.

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Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) readies for play during the third period against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) readies for play during the third period against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

5:45PM: Alain Vigneault met with the media before the game and said (NYR):

  • On Grabner being traded, "he was a good player for our team. He got an opportunity to play and play well and he took full advantage of it. He scored some big goals, was a good PKer, good teammate. Tried reaching him a couple of times today, he tried reaching me, we couldn't connect but we wish him the best."
  • What made Grabner so good, "this was all about him, his speed, he was able to get a little bit of confidence and getting those looks and finishing. I hope for him that he does well."
  • Do you know anything about the prospect, "no."
  • Is Kreider coming in, "yes."
  • On the weird feeling the players have, "we address it in the sense that we want our guys to focus on doing their jobs. These are obviously unusual circumstances but you gotta play and try and play well. It's what we will do tonight. We will hopefully do what we did last night in the last 25 minutes, we played quicker, got some good looks. We made more plays and that is what I am hoping we will be able to do tonight."
  • On Kreider, "he hasn't practiced much but the time he has, he is such a hard worker, such a specimen as far as conditioning. He has been anxious to come back and help his teammates and I think he is going to be good."
  • Nash is still out, "yes."
  • Is Henrik in, "no, Alex is going to play."
  • Why, "Just Ben has been wanting a bit more practice time with Hank, he was able to practice with him this morning. Alex played real well last night and want to see what he can do back to back."
  • On Georgiev's confidence, "all young players come in and have energy, play well. The challenge is to sustain it and bring it and say 'boy that guy comes to play every night and play well. Alex is getting his second game tonight, he played well last night and hopefully he can play well."

5:23PM: Chris Kreider returns to the Rangers lineup tonight after being out with and undergoing surgery for a blood clot in his arm.

Alexandar Georgiev starts in net for the Rangers. (NYR)

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6:57PM: Vigneault said of Kreider, "medically he has been cleared, he is good to go. Not tomorrow but could be any time between Friday and Sunday. He's been cleared by the docs, he skated with us again today, not a lot of full practice time, but he skated today. He's staying behind, he will stay with all our injured guys. I would say that Kreids is getting close and that will be a positive and bring us positive energy coming back into our lineup."

12:56PM: Alain Vigneault said today that Chris Kreider has been medically cleared to return for the Rangers and that he could play on Friday or Sunday. (NYR)

Kreider will not travel with the team or play Thursday in Montreal.

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Nov 22, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider (20) points after his third period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Nov 22, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider (20) points after his third period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The New York Rangers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

4PM: Chris Kreider tells Larry Brooks that he is hoping to join the Rangers at practice on Wednesday. (NY Post)

Kreider reportedly passed a round of tests that allows him to come off of blood thinners and said, "I'm foaming at the mouth to be around the guys and get back onto the ice with them." (NY Post)

He said that he isn't sure if there is a timetable to get back into the lineup but added " I am going to play this year." (NY Post)

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1/13/18 | Chris Kreider can begin working out as soon as the pain from the surgery subsides. (NY Post)

1/9/18 | 5:20PM: The Rangers announced that Chris Kreider underwent successful rib surgery on Sunday and will be reevaluated in six weeks. The team says that Kreider remains out indefinitely. (NYR)

1/5/18| Chris Kreider will undergo surgery to have his rib resected as part of his recovery from a blood clot in his arm.

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Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) readies for play during the third period against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Sep 20, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) readies for play during the third period against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

During the first intermission of the Rangers/Blackhawks game on NBCSN, Darren Dreger said that there might be update on the status of Chris Kreider by the end of this week.

Dreger said that the best case scenario for Kreider would be for him to miss 7-8 weeks and that Kreider is following instructions and resting.

Prior to the game against Chicago, Alain Vigneault said that he had no update right now on Kreider. (NYR)

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Oct 21, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) stops a shot by New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) during second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 21, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) stops a shot by New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) during second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Alain Vigneault said on Sunday that Chris Kreider is expecting to be at today's Winter Classic to see his teammates.

Vigneault said that he saw Kreider on Saturday at the Rangers practice facility and that he was in "good spirits."

Kreider posted the following on Instagram last night, "Overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and well wishes from friends, family, and the entire hockey and rangers community. Thank you."

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It was announced yesterday that Chris Kreider will be out indefinitely with a blood clot in his arm.

Kreider is:

  • Tied for 2nd on the Rangers with 11 goals
  • 4th on the team with 22 points
  • 2nd in shots on goal with 93
  • 5th in total ice time among forwards
  • 6th in average ice time per game
  • 3rd on the team in total PP ice time
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