New York Rangers, Chris Kreider
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New York Rangers head coach David Quinn disclosed in Monday’s presser that forward Chris Kreider has been playing with a lower-body injury.

Frank Curto

New York Rangers head coach David Quinn made the surprising announcement that Chris Kreider has been playing with a lower-body injury. He made the media aware of the situation during his presser on Monday afternoon.

Quinn took a question about how Kreider has been performing.

“had battled through an injury, for sure, “He’s done everything he can and I give him a lot of credit. For a guy who depends on his legs so much, I thought he did a real good job fighting through that lower-body injury and did everything he could.”

Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports that the Kreider suffered a hamstring injury.

“Kreider, who has gone 10 straight without a goal since Feb. 24, sustained a hamstring injury against the Lightning at the Garden on Feb. 27 in the Blueshirts’ first match since the trade deadline.”

In the 63 games including the contest he was reportedly injured, Kreider had scored 26 goals and 27 assists for 47 points. The right winger was averaging 17:44 of ice time.

Following the injury, he’s recorded just two assists. Why the coaching staff decided to keep him in the lineup while the team essentially has no chance to make the playoffs was not addressed.

Now that the cat is out of the bag, the lineup for the remaining 10 games of the season is up in the air. The Rangers did make a roster move late Monday afternoon following Quinn’s presser announcement.

The team recalled D Johnny Gilmour and F Vinni Lettieri for the Hartford Wolf Pack. The team has not announced the lineup for Tuesday night’s game against the Red Wings at the Garden.

This will probably upset many of the “tanking” fans who believed the team needs to fall as low in the standings as possible for a better chance at the number one pick in this year’s draft.

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