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Chris Kreider practices with Rangers, ready for return in Game 4?

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Chris Kreider had 17 goals, 20 assists in 66 games. (Getty Images)
Chris Kreider had 17 goals, 20 assists in 66 games. (Getty Images)

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The New York Rangers can use all they help they get on offense right now and from the looks of it, they might be getting just that for Game 4.

Chris Kreider has not played since March 24 for the Rangers, having undergone surgery on his hand a couple days later. But on Wednesday he was on the ice practicing with the Rangers in their morning skate and has already been medically cleared.

So will the forward join the team when they face the Penguins on Wednesday night? It's still a wait-and-see situation. From the New York Daily News:

He said he is "day-to-day" but admitted there is a "light at the end of the tunnel."

He could be only a few hours away from emerging from that tunnel and playing for a Rangers team that has been shut out in back-to-back games and basically has to win to stay alive in this series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Whenever Kreider does get back, whether it's for Game 4 or later, it should be a huge lift to a Rangers power play that is going nowhere fast. The Rangers have failed to score on 34 consecutive power-play opportunities and that is an area where Kreider can help, he had six goals on the power play this season and has a knack for getting in to the scoring areas in those situations.

Not to mention the Rangers probably would welcome a fresh pair of legs. They just finished playing five games in seven days and though they had a complete day off on Tuesday, getting guys with more jump in their skates right now isn't a bad thing.

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