Kreider is day-to-day with a neck strain and will not play in Sunday's game against the Coyotes.
It's a tough break for Kreider and his owners, as he's come out of the gate absolutely flying with seven points and 23 shots on goal in his first five games. The loss will be offset by the return of Oscar Lindberg (hip), who will make his season debut.
Kreider finished last season strong with 17 goals and 31 points over his final 50 games, and the 25-year-old winger might finally be putting his offensive game together at the highest level. He owns the size, speed and skill to be a formidable power forward, and he's showing signs of breaking out in a big way thus far. Kreider's averaging five shots per game and already has two power-play tallies after notching just eight man-advantage points in each of the past two seasons. Best of all, though, he's tied for second in NHL scoring with seven points through four games.
That's three goal-and-assist stat lines in three games for Kreider, who finally looks like he's emerging into the star
A dominant outing from Kreider, who also fired seven shots on goal and had four hits. That's back-to-back multi-point games to kick off the season, as he's thriving on the second line with Mika Zibanejad. While he's known for being inconsistent, Kreider has put up back-to-back 21-goal campaigns and has the potential to find the back of the net at a steady rate.
Kreider scored the go-ahead goal in the third period on one of his seven shots and added a power-play assist in Thursday's Opening Night victory against the Islanders.
The Rangers' crosstown rivals stormed back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game in the third, but Kreider helped turn the tide. First, he used his speed to beat the Isles' defenders and then deke out Jaroslav Halak to retake the lead, then he assisted on Brandon Pirri's eventual game-winner on the man advantage. Kreider has been something of a disappointment for fantasy owners early in his career, but there's reason for excitement about his line with new center Mika Zibanejad and impressive rookie Pavel Buchnevich, and he certainly looked highly active on the ice in this one. The key moving forward will be establishing the game-to-game consistency that Kreider's sometimes been missing in the past.