Two days after being scratched for Thursday's 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers rookie Chris Kreider is expected to miss the next few days of action because of an injury. According to Jim Cerny of the Rangers' website, Kreider, who did not skate Saturday morning with the team, is expected to be out a few days because of bone chips in his ankle.
It's a difficult end to what has been a frustrating first week of the 2012-13 season for the Massachusetts native. After going pointless in his first three games, Kreider was held out of the game Thursday, sparking speculation he might be assigned to the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Connecticut. To say the least, it's been a disappointing start for the young player who captured the imagination of Rangers fans after scoring five goals during the team's Stanley Cup Playoffs run that ended in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
While Kreider was out, new addition Benn Ferriero, who was acquired Thursday in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins, did skate Saturday. Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was reportedly the first to leave the ice, meaning he will likely get the start Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
These are the team's projected lines, according to Pat Leonard of New York Daily News:
Rick Nash - Brad Richards - Marian Gaborik
Taylor Pyatt - Derek Stepan - Ryan Callahan
Carl Hagelin - Brian Boyle - Mike Rupp
Jeff Halpern - Benn Ferriero - Aaron Asham.
Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi
Marc Staal - Michael Del Zotto
Steve Eminger - Anton Stralman