Chris Kreider day to day with bone chip in ankle— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) January 26, 2013
Earlier in the month Kreider took a shot off the foot in a game with the Whale, but reports were that he was ok.
...i guess we know why Kreider's been struggling. I know this may sound strange, but I'm actually glad his struggles are injury related rather than he's regressed.
...i remember getting a few tweets that Kreider was seen wearing a boot after the game in which he blocked that shot, so I guess it was worse than originally reported.
With the Kreider injury along with a healthy Arron Asham and a recently recalled Glenn Ferriero, Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record says tonight's line-up will look like this...
Rick Nash-Brad Richards-Marian Gaborik
Taylor Pyatt-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Carl Hagelin-Brian Boyle-Mike Rupp
Benn Ferriero-Jeff Halpern-Arron Asham
Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Marc Staal-Michael Del Zotto
Steve Eminger-Anton Stralman
...guess this means Bickel is headed to the press box. Which is warranted. Plenty of toughness still in the line-up to offset Colton Orr tonight.
Henrik Lundqvist will get his fifth straight start to open the season tonight.
...was completely expecting Biron in there tonight, but with the Rangers struggling out of the gates Torts is going to lean on his Vezina winning goaltender.
Also really surprised that Hank isn't getting tonight off, but at least he is coming off a really strong start!
Rupp needs to start doing something ... the guy looks a step slower than everyone else on the ice. I'd rather see Newbury (like his spark) than Rupp.
That 3rd line had better chip in. I bet we don't see Biron til 2/2 vs TB. Flyers and penguins next week with days off so it should be all Hank.
I think that, in a season that will probably full of "big" games, this one may turn out to be significant...no panic yet, but the team has faced tough competition and the Leafs, despite their anticipated revival, are not on the same tier as the Penguins, Bruins, and Flyers...nevertheless, the Leafs came to the Garden twice last year and beat the Blueshirts, and that situation needs to be addressed...the fact that the Leafs got swamped by you-know-who on Thursday after taking a 3-1 lead increases the tension to get this done at home against a team that the Rangers should beat.
next 3 games are at home and spread out a little bit so hopefully they can get their act together...this is a big homestand ..LGR
@Beckfan5 -- yup. about that. and the first line is gonna play all night.
@smoothyv I agree, while not a must win, is huge. Need to start heading in the right direction.
@cb1 go back and look at Kevin's post a few days ago regarding the trade...here's a link to some information that may be helpful:
oh Madone! call it the pot a sauce line fuggedaboutit!