New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The New York Rangers announced that forward Chris Kreider will be sidelined indefinitely after undergoing surgery Friday for a hand injury.
The Rangers provided no further information regarding the 22-year-old Kreider, who sustained the injury in last Friday’s 3-1 victory over Columbus.
Kreider was a breakout star in the playoffs two years ago, and he has 17 goals and 37 points in 66 games in what has been a bounce-back season for him.
Coach Alain Vigneault said Kreider played in the team’s next two games with “minimal pain” after sustaining the injury last Friday.
Kreider was replaced in the lineup Wednesday against Philadelphia by call-up forward J.T. Miller.
“He brings a lot of speed to the game,” center Derek Stepan said earlier this week of Kreider. “We have guys that certainly have to step up and bring that aspect to the game. We’ll just have to make some adjustments.”
With Kreider out, Stepan will skate on a line with Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis.