Hagelin was issued a three-game suspension for his Game 2 hit to the head of Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson, who will not be in the lineup after saying Monday morning he was diagnosed with a concussion.
Kreider decided to forego his senior season at Boston College to sign with the Rangers on the eve of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The 6-foot-3, 217-pound winger has a skill set similar to that of Hagelin, who is not eligible to return until Game 6 of the series. Hagelin has been the left wing on the Rangers' top line since mid-March, clicking with stars Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards.
Alfredsson did not return to Game 2 on Saturday night after the hit by Hagelin in the second period and did not participate in the team's practice Sunday. The 39-year-old was a full participant at Monday morning's practice, but said how he felt afterward would be the deciding factor in his availability for Game 3.
The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1 with Game 4 scheduled for Wednesday night.
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