Oh where, oh where has Chris Kreider gone? Oh where, oh where can he be?
Ever since the start of the Stanley Cup Finals vs. the Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers‘ forward Chris Kreider has been missing in action. Not only is he not scoring, but he is not asserting himself with his speed and strength.
When Kreider is on his game he is flying up and down the ice (north/south), finishing his checks and agitating the opposition. That is Kreider’s game in a nutshell. Anything else and he becomes either useless or a liability.
Through three rounds of the playoffs this season, Kreider had four goals and six assists in 14 games. In the Stanley Cup Finals, Kreider has zero goals and two assists. Not only that but Kreider is also a negative two since the start of the finals.
In my opinion, if the Rangers want to have any shot of winning Game 5 tonight, and postpone elimination another game, of course Rangers’ goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has to be on his game, but for the Rangers’ offense sake, Kreider has to assert himself with his speed and strength in order to create scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates. If Kreider fails to do this in Game 5 tonight, then the Rangers’ offseason begins tomorrow.