The New York Rangers have announced that forward Chris Kreider will be out indefinitely after having surgery on Friday to repair a hand injury sustained on March 21 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Kreider had already missed Wednesday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers, and it was not made clear by the team whether or not he would be available for any postseason play.
Although he sustained the hand injury on March 21, Kreider still played in the two following games–against the New Jersey Devils and Phoenix Coyotes–before giving in to needing surgery to repair the hand.
This is a bigger loss for the Rangers than some might think, as the rookie forward not only had 17 goals and 20 assists in 66 game (putting him in fourth among NHL rookies in scoring), but he had a team high plus/minus rating of +14.
The Rangers currently sit second in the Metropolitan Division with 86 points, putting them 11 points behind the division leading Pittsburgh Penguins, with only eight regular season games remaining. They are placed 5th overall in the Eastern Conference standings.
[Source: NY Times]