Chris Kreider celebrates goal vs Kings
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The New York Rangers were back on the ice with some injured players making a surprise visit. 

It is no secret that the New York Rangers have suffered from injuries this year. However, it looks like they might be seeing some key players returning soon.

Chris Kreider and Pavel Buchnevich hit the ice for the first time since their injuries. Both skaters skated with a non-contact jersey and are expected to skate again prior to the Rangers game against the Islanders.

Kreider has been out since December 28 with a blood clot. His presence in the Blueshirts lineup has been greatly missed as the team has struggled to find the back of the net.  The Blueshirts have gone 7-12-1 in the time Kreider has missed. They will have to go a little longer without the 26-year-old power forward, as his timetable looks to be two to four weeks.

For Buchnevich, he is expected to practice in a normal practice jersey on Friday. This could change should his concussion symptoms recur, but it was a good first step for the second-year winger. Buchnevich is third on the team with 30 points.

Defense Update

Marc Staal and Ryan McDonagh appear to be out of the Rangers lineup for tonight’s game against the Islanders. Staal has been placed on the injured reserve list, while McDonagh remains day-to-day.

It would be foolish for the Rangers to play McDonagh, as his name has come up in plenty of trade rumors of late. McDonagh has played through minor injuries all season and that has greatly impacted his game. The fourth-year captain has scored two goals this season and is a plus seven.

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