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Reinforcements: Pens’ Orpik, Rangers’ Kreider back

May 7, 2014, 7:33 PM EST

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The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers are each welcoming back a key player for Game 4 tonight.

Chris Kreider (hand) will return for New York after being medically cleared. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault was noncommittal before the contest start when the subject of Kreider’s availability came up, but it looks like he’ll skate alongside Derek Stepan and Rick Nash, per the Bergen Record’s Andrew Gross.

Kreider hasn’t played since March 24 and the Rangers could certainly use the 23-year-old forward after being shutout of back-to-back games.

Meanwhile, the Penguins have confirmed that Brooks Orpik is ready to return from the undisclosed injury that’s kept him out of the lineup since April 23.

Orpik had a goal, an assist, and a plus-five rating in four playoff games before he was hurt. He was also averaging 23:35 minutes per contest.

He will play alongside Rob Scuderi tonight. Robert Bortuzzo has been scratched to make room.

  1. elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 7, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Right now the Pens are making a pretty good team in the Rangers look pretty average ! If it was’t for the KING right now I would raise the white flag ! I think the lack of emotion by the Rangers is playing right into the Pens hands the Rangers are doing nothing to alter the Pens games this series is over it just hasn’t ended yet !

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 7, 2014 at 8:09 PM

      The Rangers are playing in their 11 th post season game and they have been very nice too the other team !

  2. bleedrangerblue - May 7, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Rangers are on the ropes. Punch out of it or it’s over. @elmer where’s your “let’s Go Rangers”. ??

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 7, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      Iam want the Rangers to win this series real bad trust me $$$$$$$$$ but calling it as I see it right now they are giving us nothing another Ofor on the PP and its a KO

  3. bleedrangerblue - May 7, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Elmerbrownunderdog

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 7, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      LETS GO RANGERS !!!!!

  4. bleedrangerblue - May 7, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Thanks Elmer!!! Let’s go Rangers!!!!!

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 7, 2014 at 8:48 PM

      Whao-ho-ohhhhhh,hey-hey-hey !

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