The New York Rangers were without forward Chris Kreider on Sunday, reportedly due to some neck strain. Unfortunately, that was the only real details we were afforded, when trying to put together this update, but he is considered day-to-day. The Rangers don't play again until Wednesday, so his status will be thought of as questionable for that one, home to Boston.
For Brenda & Seward, this is a tough loss, if it extends for any long periods of time. Already 18 points back of the lead, starting Monday night, this is one guy they can ill afford to lose. 7 points in five games is a scoring rate that's hard to miss.
Good news for the Colorado Avalanche, forward Mikko Rantanen appears to be ready to go in this 2017 season and he was recalled from a stint in the minors, trying to get his legs back from an off-season injury. Rantanen, still a rookie in the NHL, saw some limited time in the NHL last year, but lit up the AHL for some good numbers in his first pro season and the Avalanche hope that it translates, starting right away, with the big club.
Wilton is thinking much of the same, which made him a draft pick in the 13th round, a late round gamble. On the plus side, Rantanen will get the better part of the week to work with the club before game action, because the Avalanche don't play again until Friday night, hosting the Jets.