Kreider registered two shots and four hits through 15:59 of ice time during Friday's 4-1 loss to Minnesota.
While Kreider didn't mark the point column, returning to regular minutes with Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich in a top-six role is encouraging for his virtual outlook. The American winger missed 24 games with an upper-body injury, so it wouldn't be shocking if it took him some time to return to form. Additionally, the Rangers are expected to deal talent ahead of the upcoming trade deadline, so that might also limit his upside moving forward. However, there aren't many settings where he's completely off the fantasy radar.
Kreider (upper body) will rejoin the lineup Friday against the Wild, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Kreider was deemed medically cleared to play Wednesday and was expected to return during one of the team's contests this weekend. It appears he won't need to wait until Sunday to do so, retaking the ice Friday after being sidelined for nearly two months. He should immediately slot into a top-six role and factor into the power play, though the faces around him have changed somewhat due to trades.
Kreider (upper body) has been medically cleared to play, Brian Heyman of Newsday reports.
Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said Kreider could make his long-awaited return either Friday against the Wild or Sunday's clash with the Red Wings -- both home games. However, the American winger who's potted 11 goals and just as many helpers through 37 games technically remains on injured reserve.
Kreider (blood clot) took part in Wednesday's practice while wearing a non-contact jersey, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports.
While Wednesday's news is a sign of progress for the former Boston College Eagle, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports that there is still some uncertainty regarding a potential return date, though it's unlikely to happen in the near future. Kreider will likely continue to take part in practice for the time being and the Rangers should offer another update when he reaches the next stage of his recovery -- shedding his non-contact sweater.
Kreider (blood clot) has been cleared to come off blood thinners and could return to the ice in a non-contact jersey as early as Wednesday, Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports.
Kreider has been sidelined for nearly a month and a half because of a blood clot stemming from a rib issue, but he appears finally set to retake the ice. The star winger will eventually need to graduate to full-contact practice sessions before rejoining the lineup. More information should begin to surface as Kreider draws closer to retaking the ice for game action, though he could take a major step forward Wednesday.