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Report: Rangers Winger Chris Kreider Could Miss At Least A Month

Chris Kreider (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Chris Kreider (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Bad news for the Blueshirts with the playoffs on the horizon.

Rangers winger Chris Kreider is dealing with a hand injury, and he could miss at least a month, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault confirmed the injury, and told reporters that Kreider will not join the team on its four-game road trip beginning on Friday and ending on April 3.

“We’re still in the process of evaluating our course of action,” Vigneault said. “He’s definitely not going to be on the trip. We’ll know here probably in the next couple of days what the course of action is … He got hurt in the Columbus game. There’s very limited pain, very small amount of pain.”

It remains to be seen whether Kreider will need surgery.

“That’s what we’re trying to decide,” Vigneault said.

The organization recalled center J. T. Miller from the Hartford Wolf Pack on Wednesday morning. He will play against the Flyers on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

The Massachusetts native has had a solid sophomore campaign for New York. In 66 games, the 6-foot-3, 226-pounder has 17 goals and 20 assists.

Heading into Wednesday’s contest against Philly, the Rangers are in second place in the Metropolitan Division with 84 points, just one point ahead of the Flyers. The Rangers are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, three points behind the fourth-place Lightning.

New York will have eight games remaining on its regular-season schedule after Wednesday night’s game.

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