3/1/20 | There is no update yet on Kreider’s status.
2/28/20 | 10:19PM: David Quinn didn’t have an update on Kreider after the game.
8:09PM: The Rangers have announced that Chris Kreider suffered a fractured foot in the first period and will not return.
Kreider blocked a shot from Philippe Myers at 12:40 of the first period and took one 10 second shift before going to the locker room.
Adam Rotter: Well, this is certainly a big blow to the Rangers. They’ve been pretty healthy this year, especially with key players, except for Mika Zibanejad’s injury earlier in the year and the injury Igor Shesterkin suffered in his car accident. It reminds me a bit of when Zdeno Chara broke Ryan Callahan’s leg/ankle in 2011. Kreider has been such a key Ranger this season and if this injury does keep him out long-term it’s almost as if he was traded at the deadline. Of course Kreider will be back for the next seven seasons, but as it relates to this one, the Rangers may play the rest of the regular season without a core player.
As for who can/will take his spot in the lineup, Artemi Panarin could move to play with Zibanejad but that doesn’t seem likely unless it’s a last resort. Brendan Lemieux doesn’t have Kreider’s size, and he isn’t as fast, but he does create space on the ice and go to the net. The Rangers are deeper on the RW than LW and Pavel Buchnevich could switch to the LW but this could be a chance for Kaapo Kakko to assume a top-six role. Julien Gauthier has the same kind of size and speed as Kreider so he would be an interesting option as well.