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Rangers mum on nature of Chris Kreider’s injury

Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers skates

Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers skates against the San Jose Sharks during the second period at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 17, 2016. Credit: Getty Images / Michael Reaves

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Chris Kreider has a medical issue that the Rangers are not discussing publicly, and continue to be vague about the forward’s prognosis.

On Tuesday morning, coach Alain Vigneault said that Kreider, who attended a team meeting Sunday morning at Rogers Place in Edmonton but was then sent, presumably to New York, for further evaluation with team doctors, was continuing to be evaluated. He was hopeful that more would be known “in the next 48 hours.”

Vigneault, who had called the problem an “upper-body” issue, said Tuesday he did not know if Kreider, who played Saturday in Calgary, went through concussion protocol.

He had previously said he wasn’t aware if the new issue was related to neck spasms that kept him sidelined for four games, from Oct. 23-30.

“Right now, I’ve got no update on anything, we’re just waiting,” Vigneault said.

Kreider, who has three goals and eight assists in 11 games, played just 13:10 against the Flames, the first game of this four-city trip.

Also on the injury front, winger Pavel Buchnevich didn’t participate in the morning skate and missed his second straight game with back spasms, which recurred during warm-ups Sunday. “I would say he’s day-to-day,” Vigneault said. Buchnevich had missed five games, from Oct. 17-26, with back spasms.

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