Kreider set new career highs with 28 goals, 53 points and 186 shots over 75 games in 2016-17.
Unfortunately for the Rangers (not to mention those who chose him in fantasy pools), he didn't really carry that forward into the playoffs, netting only four points (three goals and an assist) along with 18 PIM and 30 shots through 12 games. Kreider's ice time jumped by just over a minute from the 2015-16 campaign, as he averaged exactly 17 minutes this time around, which accounts for part of his increase in production. The Rangers surely still have to be looking for more consistency from Kreider -- sometimes, he looks like an unstoppable force who could easily challenge the 70-point mark, but he also goes through stretches of being practically invisible on the ice.
Kreider scored his second goal of the postseason in Thursday's Game 4 win over the Senators.
It was an eventful night for Kreider, who was also tagged for 10 PIM. The 26-year-old has had a quiet postseason, but he's come alive against Ottawa with two goals in his last three games. Kreider is an intimidating power forward and we are finally starting to see that combination of size and skill that makes him so efficient. Now that the Rangers have won two straight games and possess the momentum, look for Kreider to build off this recent stretch and be a key player in these final games of the series.
Kreider scored his first goal of the playoffs during Saturday's Game 2 overtime loss to Ottawa.
It's been a tough-luck stretch for Kreider, as he entered Saturday's game with just a single assist and goalless on 15 shots through his first seven playoff games. He was a force in Game 2, though, which bodes well for his fantasy stock going forward. The Rangers will need Kreider to continue his strong play and find the scoresheet more frequently to rebound from their 0-2 deficit in the series.
Kreider picked up an assist and four shots along with a minus-2 rating in Sunday's road loss to Anaheim.
He'd missed the scoresheet four consecutive times in search of his 50th point of the season, but Kreider's finally reached that plateau for the first time. The 25-year-old winger has notably improved his offensive consistency this year, setting career highs in a number of categories already -- goals (26), points and power-play points (13) most notably -- and he'll set another one when he adds six more shots to his season total of 175.
Kreider opened the scoring with a power-play goal and added a power-play assist in Thursday's loss to Carolina.
He's compiled four points and 17 shots in his last four games, so Kreider's officially back on track in the aftermath of a shabby 10-game run. The Boston College product has now tied the career-high 46 points he rolled up two years ago; fantasy owners should feel good about rolling him out the rest of the way.