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.
He said that the key for Kreider is for him to keep being "himself" and setting an example of hard work on and off the ice.
Vigneault said that Kreider has been working on his consistency and that they hope he can bring more "powerful" games like he did on Thursday against Pittsburgh.
Kreider is averaging .67 points per game this season, just below the .71 points per game he averaged last season.
Adam Rotter: Kreider, right now, is one of those stretches that make you believe he can be an All-Star caliber player if he can play this way on a consistent basis. Consistency has always been Kreider's biggest hurdle but, and this is always the "but" with Kreider, if he can find it he could be a cornerstone for the Rangers as they rebuild. He's got two more years left on his deal, at a fair price, and can be a bridge from the Rangers of the past to the Rangers of the future with everything he has been through. He, along with Mika Zibanejad, can help keep the Rangers competitive while the future develops.