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Report: Rangers’ Kreider could miss about one month with hand injury

Mar 25, 2014, 6:31 PM EST

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The New York Rangers could be without forward Chris Kreider for a month – maybe more – due to what may be a broken hand, TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports.

If that is correct, the 22-year-old would easily miss the rest of the regular season and a chunk of the playoffs (assuming the Rangers make it) with the injury.

Officially speaking, the Rangers would only say that Kreider won’t play on Wednesday.

Kreider has asserted himself as a rugged player in his first full season in the NHL after getting his feet wet in 23 games last season. He has 17 goals and 37 points along with 72 penalty minutes and 146 hits (second among Rangers behind Dan Girardi) in 66 games played.

WFAN 660’s Sean Hartnett believes that the Rangers will call up J.T. Miller on Wednesday to help fill the void.

  1. bleedrangerblue - Mar 25, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Holy ****!! When did this happen??

    • mianfr - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      No idea… The announcers didn’t even pick up on it beyond “Kreider hasn’t played in a while” close to the end of the third period.

  2. stepanup - Mar 25, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Tough hit, but may not be as bad as first though. I’ve liked what JT brings when he’s up, and I was hoping for a bit more from Kreider than 37 points this year. Hopefully AV puts Marty up with Nash and Stepan. That has always struck me as an obvious line and we haven’t seen it yet.

    • 7mantel - Mar 25, 2014 at 7:58 PM

      I like Kreider but I agree with you about JT . Hopefully he steps up and makes it difficult for AV sit him !

    • stakex - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      Miller is half the player Kreider is though, and has shown little effectiveness at the NHL level to this point with just 10 points in 54 games. He’s still young obviously and that might change, but he’s probably not going to help the Rangers all that much down the stretch.

      While it would have been nice to see more from Kreider… 37 points through 66 games isn’t terrible considering the Rangers are a low scoring team and its really his first full year in the league. He’s also shown an ability to score in the playoffs, something the Rangers will really miss if his injury is long term.

  3. hockeyfan763 - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Put St.Louis on the first line , reunite Zucc, Brass and Pouliot and play JT with Richards and Hagelin. When Kreider is healthy cut Boyle. Can I help you with anything else Glen ?

  4. 950003cups - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    That sucks for the rags. Anytime an offensive threat is removed (usually) someone makes a name for themselves.

  5. nashernation - Mar 25, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    I saw a little chemistry between MSL and Nasher. That could be a deadly line. Slip JT onto the Brassard line. AV needs to get MSL going and I think Stepan and Nasher could do it.

  6. ikemauimanikemauiman - Mar 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Chris is going to missed and after the way he played last night he was hitting really well I am shocked to hear about his hand guys give him a break he is only 22 and I would love to see JT come up and do well he always brings energy and I think he is a smart player and if I see Boyle miss the net one more time I may go crazy the off season will be interesting to see who gets re-signed

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