May 7, 2014, 7:33 PM EDT
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.
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.
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