Kreider buried the game-winning goal in overtime Thursday, edging the Sabres by a 2-1 score.
Kreider's now hit 20 goals for the third straight season, but this year's different -- the pace has been much quicker. He's poised to blow by his career marks in both goals (21, twice) and points (46, two years ago), all while adding a tempting mix of hits and PIM. Crucially, Kreider's shot rate has spiked dramatically this year; he only took one Thursday, but it still pushed his season total to 123 in 45 games, so he's on pace to blow by his career high in that category (180) as well.
Kreider was fined $5,000 for hitting Stars forward Cody Eakin with his helmet while the two fought in Tuesday night's contest.
Kreider avoids a suspension, which is great news for his fantasy owners. The high-scoring Blueshirt has dropped nine goals in his past 10 games to complement three man-advantage markers and a plus-3 rating in that span. Now, Kreider has 18 goals on the season and that's only one behind Michael Grabner for the team's scoring lead.
Kreider potted a power-play goal, added an assist and collected seven PIM in Tuesday's 7-6 loss to the Stars.
He's been scoring with great regularity -- 10 times in his last 12 games, with a trio of assists sprinkled in. If not for the early injuries that derailed his momentum a bit, Kreider might be among the league's upper echelon of point-getters, but even so, it's hard to complain about his 33 in 39 contests. The Rangers will also give him due credit for fighting Cody Eakin, who delivered a brutal hit on goalie Henrik Lundqvist the last time these two teams met.
Kreider scored his 17th goal of the season in Friday's loss to Toronto. He has nine goals (11 points) in his last 10 games.
Moreover, 13 of his 17 goals have come since Dec. 3, a span of 18 games. Prior to that, Kreider had four in 19 contests. Yes, his shooting percentage (15.8 percent) is above his career mark (13 percent), but it's not outrageously high. Ride his hot streak and enjoy this breakout.
Quite the effort from Kreider, who finished the 2016 calendar year red hot, notching six goals and eight points during a current four-game point streak. The 25-year-old is up to 29 points in 33 games and is thriving on the top line with Derek Stepan. Kreider plays on the power play and is producing consistently, so keep him rolling, as he's on track for a career year on a dynamic