Steve Zipay takes you inside the locker room, home and on the road, with the New York Rangers, and also writes about the NHL, off and on the ice.
5 things to know from NYR morning skate
1. Chris Kreider, recalled yesterday, as covered here and in the paper, will indeed play tonight at home against Florida. Brian Boyle is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury, the team confirmed. Boyle injured his right leg on a check Tuesday in Philadelphia. It appears to be a knee problem, but team is not discussing.
2. Henrik Lundqvist will start his ninth straight game, and 18th in the last 19. Unclear if he or Martin Biron will play Friday in Buffalo.
3. Marc Staal (eye) skated again, will not dress, but will travel with the club. As reported yesterday, his injured right eye remains blurry and dilated and sensitive to light. Derek Dorsett (broken clavicle) went through some conditioning tests earlier in the morning. He is still not cleared to shoot until next week, so it is unlikely that he will play in the regular season, which ends in nine days.
4. Kreider, who was 1-3-4 in six games in this recent stay in the AHL, said he “focused on check finishing, especially on the back check, separating guys from pucks. It was good, it was positive, I learned a lot and worked on a lot.” Comign back to NHL ASAP is “always on everyone’s mind,” he said. “But it’s not something I sat there and harped on and kind of wallowed. It’s a driving and motivating factor. It’s something in the back of your mind but you focus on the day-to-day stuff.” Last season, when he parachuted into the playoff straight out of Boston College, was “an entirely different situation…I’m looking forward to try to seize that opportunity.”
5. A win in regulation, OT or shootout, would give the eighth-place Rangers 48 points with five games to play. The nearest in the standings, the seventh-place Islanders (49), are in Toronto, and No. 9 Winnipeg (46) hosts Carolina. Coming down to the wire.