The big fear among the Rangers’ fan base is whether the Blueshirts are built to handle the possibility of essential defenseman Ryan McDonagh and emerging winger Chris Kreider missing the start of the playoffs. As I see it, have no fear.
The news on Chris Kreider just went from bad to worse. With the Rangers in the throes of a pressure-packed run for a playoff spot, they will have to play on without their key forward, who is out indefinitely due to surgery on his left hand.
Rangers winger Chris Kreider is dealing with a hand injury, and he could miss at least a month, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.
Wayne Simmonds had a goal and an assist to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday.
Derek Stepan broke a 13-game goal drought and Cam Talbot made 27 saves for his 10th win of the season as the Rangers won 4-1.
Dynamic Rangers winger Chris Kreider is starting to separate himself from the pack in a crowded Calder Trophy race.
It appears that the Rangers are on the upswing. Nash is providing moments of sheer awe, the Blueshirts are executing on special teams and franchise goalie Henrik Lundqvist has found his game.
Cam Talbot is leading the NHL with a .938 save percentage and fractionally trails Minnesota Wild goalie for the goals-against average lead. Harding’s 1.65 goals-against average edges Talbot’s 1.66 GAA.
For the Blueshirts, it’s all about feeling. How far can that good feeling take them? We’ll find out soon enough. The Rangers host the rival Penguins on Wednesday.
J.T. Miller clearly believes in his own abilities. That’s a very healthy asset for a 20-year-old trying to cement a place on an NHL roster.
Kreider’s blazing speed, dominant natural strength on the puck and assertive style of play is earning him significant attention in the Calder Trophy race.
Chris Kreider scored three goals, Rick Nash added a goal and two assists as the Rangers spoiled the return of former coach John Tortorella.
Perhaps a package of Girardi, Miller, a minor-league forward and a combination of draft picks could be enough to sway MacTavish into parting with Yakupov.
Ever since his October 20 recall, Chris Kreider has been the Rangers’ most effective player on a nightly basis.
While Hagelin’s inevitable Tuesday return will give the Rangers a significant lift, it’s clear that every man inside the locker room must accept their share of burden for the Rangers’ underwhelming 3-7-0 start.