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For New York Rangers' youngster Chris Kreider, this was a long time coming.
Kreider, who has struggled with the big club this season so far, was sent down to the Connecticut Whale so that he could get some playing time. The 22-year-old winger played with the Whale while waiting for the NHL lockout to end and struggled a bit there as well.
The key for the Rangers' coaching staff and organization as a whole is to be patient. When Kreider burst onto the scene in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season, he was already coming in on a high due to winning a National Championship with Boston College and being called up to the NHL just several days later.
For Kreider, it is important for him to find his game. His game consists of speed, a great shot, an ability to get pucks to the net and someone who is responsible on both ends of the ice.
Rangers' head coach John Tortorella knows this. Tortorella also knows that some day soon, Kreider is going to be an integral part of the Rangers' organization.
The last time the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils squared off, the Devils scored in overtime to advance to the Stanley Cup Final, where they would lose in six games to the Los Angeles Kings.
Fast forward close to nine months later and things are very different. Both teams are in the midst of a 48-game schedule, both teams have new faces and both clubs are not quite sure where they fit in just yet in the ever competitive Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference and are meeting tonight at the Prudential Center.
The Blueshirts are coming off a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in what was one of their best performances of the season. The team played tight defense, got the scoring they needed and got a big game out of their back-up goaltender Martin Biron.
The team will look to do the same tonight, this time with different faces in the lineup. For starters, Rangers' highly-touted prospect J.T. Miller was called up from the Connecticut Whale and will more than likely utilize him in their upcoming games.
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When an NHL rookie makes his debut and burst onto the scene in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and does well, expectations are always high for the following season.
This is exactly the case when it comes to New York Rangers' forward Chris Kreider. In the Blueshirts' magical postseason last year, Kreider showed that he can play the game by picking up 5 goals and adding 2 assists for 7 points in 18 games.
What was also telling about Kreider is that he could be counted on to score big goals. In the playoffs last year, two of Kreider's five goals were game-winning goals.
When the NHL lockout got underway, Kreider joined the team's AHL club, the Connecticut Whale, and was expected to continue to producing, considering what he did in the playoffs. Unfortunately for Kreider, he struggled for a bit and went through some growing pains.
According to the Daily News’s New York Rangers’ beat writer Jesse Spector, defenseman Michael Del Zotto will miss tomorrow night’s game due to a groin injury:
The Rangers had a very long practice today in Greenburgh, starting with 10 players on the ice spending 45 minutes working on the power play, then a full team session for an hour. Michael Del Zotto sat out with a sore groin, and will not play when the Rangers face the Devils tomorrow night in New Jersey. The 20-year-old defenseman, scratched the last two games – once with the flu and once technically healthy – had a cortisone shot and should get back to work quickly.
A trip to Connecticut of the AHL is a possibility for Del Zotto, whose repeated mistakes trying to make the big play when a simple one will do have become a point of concern for John Tortorella.
The Blueshirts should really consider sending down their young defenseman to the AHL. It is obvious that he has lost some of his game and confidence and some time in the AHL may help him regain both.
What do you folks think?