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Kreider has surgery on hand, out ‘indefinitely’

Mar 28, 2014, 1:35 PM EDT

From the New York Rangers:

It was reported earlier in the week that Kreider could miss up to a month with a broken hand. It’s not clear if “indefinitely” could mean longer than that.

However long he’s out, the Rangers will miss him. The 22-year-old winger has 17 goals and 20 assists in 66 games, his 37 points ranking him sixth in team scoring.

Winners of five straight, New York is currently in a battle with Philadelphia for second place in the Metropolitan Division, a spot that would come with home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs against whichever team finishes third.

  1. mactruck27 - Mar 28, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Now would be a good time for St. Louis to get out of his slump.

    • 7mantel - Mar 28, 2014 at 2:11 PM

      Lets hope so !

  2. cofran2004 - Mar 28, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Ugh.

    Nope. No analysis from me, nor do I think we really need any. We rangers fans all know how good he’s been this year. Just…. ugh

  3. 7mantel - Mar 28, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    JT Miller did not embarrass himself wednesday so keep a positive spin on this news ! Lets Go NYR !

    • bwayblueshirt - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      Miller will be a quality two-way forward. It’s difficult to be in constant transition between the AHL and MSG (arguably the toughest home arena in terms of pressure). I think he’ll get much better as the season winds down and he has consistent ice-time.

      • 7mantel - Mar 28, 2014 at 7:52 PM

        i agree totally !

    • stakex - Mar 28, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      Miller played alright the other night, but there is no positive spin to be had here… Kreider, at this moment in time, is a far superior player compared to Miller. This loss hurts the Rangers going forward, and if there is any positive at all its that the Rangers have been winning lately even with their star players being cold. That won’t last forever though….

      • 7mantel - Mar 28, 2014 at 7:51 PM

        Know what your saying but we as fans have to think positive !

  4. bleedrangerblue - Mar 28, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Kreiders loss is huge. JT is no Kreider. If he wants to be a Ranger he needs to take advantage of this opportunity. As for St Louis… Ugh

  5. 7mantel - Mar 28, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    How did he hurt his hand in the first place ? All I see is that he some how hurt it in the Columbus game .

  6. bleedrangerblue - Mar 28, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    I heard a shot block. But they are tight lipped about this.

  7. nashernation - Mar 28, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    JT has his opportunity to step up. He has lots of upside and I’m confident he will perform well. MSL and Nasher will start shining on that line. You could see a comfort level developing.

  8. bleedrangerblue - Mar 28, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Rangers should win 3 out of 4 on this road trip.

  9. villi5ed - Mar 28, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    JT Miller is a very good hockey player. Doesn’t have the speed, the shot, the physical heft that Kreider has. But I would surely put his hockey sense above Kreider’s —- Miller’s play without the puck is far better. No question Kreider will be missed, and no question that he is the better player. But Miller has a lot of tools, and maybe the upside of this downer injury to a blossoming power forward will be his chance to make a lasting mark for the NYR.

  10. patshal - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    This could hurt them

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