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)
Kreider will not return to tonight's game due to precautionary reasons. (NYR)
Kreider played 2:23 in the first period and his last shift ended with 2:21 left in the period.
His last three shifts had lengths of 6 seconds, 14 seconds and 11 seconds.
Earlier today Kreider said that "physically" he is feeling the best he ever has and is considering playing at a lower weight in the future. (NY Post)
Alain Vigneault said of Kreider earlier today, "he was out with a real serious injury and that always takes some time. Chris always gives you everything that he has and gives 100%. That is what we see, I think, like any player, it takes some time to get back in the groove but the work ethic is there and willingness to play the right way is there and that is what we want."