By Brandon Fitzpatrick @bfitzsports on March 27, 2014
Chris Kreider has been a force for the New York Rangers all season long. But with him injured it leaves a large hole in the Rangers' top six. They will need a collective effort to replace his productivity. Here are five players who need to step up while Kreider is out.
Benoit Pouliot is having his best year in the NHL. He is only four goals and three points from setting career-highs in both categories, respectively. But with Kreider out, Pouliot will have to keep scoring.
Before his hand injury at the Olympics, Mats Zuccarello was the Rangers' best forward. But he has gone through a huge scoring slump. He hasn't scored a goal since the Stadium Series game against the New Jersey Devils on Jan. 26. With Kreider out, Zuccarello needs to regain his scoring touch or else the team's offense will suffer.
It seems like J.T. Miller has been handed a boatload of opportunities this season, but none have been bigger than this. This could be it for Miller this season in the NHL. He will need to show that he belongs if he wants any chance to make an impact in the playoffs. He has to make an impact and find a way to stay on the ice.
Carl Hagelin is a streaky goal scorer. He will score five goals in seven games and then disappear for the next 10 games. Hagelin has four goals in his last 11 games, but he needs to get more. With Kreider out, Hagelin will be relied upon to be the speed demon for the Rangers.
I think we all saw this coming. Martin St. Louis needs to start scoring for the New York Rangers. In 12 games as a Ranger he has only recorded three assists. That is unacceptable for a player who is supposed to be a superstar. With Kreider out, St. Louis will be getting top line minutes with Rick Nash and Derek Stepan. St. Louis better start scoring or else the fanbase will start to turn on him.
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