Chris Kreider is healthy and ready for the intensity of the playoffs without fans

The Rangers watched in disappointment when Chris Kreider blocked a shot and went down in agonizing pain late in the season. It was later announced he fractured his foot and would be out of action four to six weeks.

New York lost that game to the Philadelphia Flyers and it would mark only their third loss in their last 15 games (12-3). In the next six games without Kreider and before the pause they went a meager 2-3-1. Some could say the Rangers may not have made the playoffs due to his injury.

Chris Kreider is back and healthy

In a new episode of “MSG 150 at Home” which will air at 6pm, John Giannone asked Chris Kreider about how he feels coming into the playoffs.

“I was probably going to come back a little sooner than I should have [before the pause]. I didn’t have a ton of rehab early on, just a lot of rest and trying to be on a vitamin regimen that would help it heal faster and heal correctly. And then a little bit of mobility work and soft tissue work just to make sure everything was firing. So there was a little bit of rehab, but not as much as with other injuries I’ve had in the past.”

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Kreider on playing for the Rangers in the playoffs

“I obviously grew up in Massachusetts and spend most of my time in and around Boston, but New York is near to my home. I’ve been here my entire professional career and it’s been difficult to see what the city’s gone through. And to talk to people in and around the community and just to see them get excited that we’re going back. And to be able to put a product on television that they could watch and cheer for and get excited for during what’s been a very, very trying and difficult time. But it’s a lot bigger than just winning hockey games right now and I think the guys understand that. I’m really looking forward to representing the city to the best of our abilities.”

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Kreider on playing without fans

“The crowd is obviously an enormous part of playoff hockey and what makes it so exciting. But on that same token, guys know what’s at stake. We’ve had a pretty long layoff. We’re going to have two, two and a half weeks of camp. No one wants to play three or four games and then get sent packing until January or whenever we might start next year. And no one wants to come here and work hard for two and a half, three weeks and then be told that, you’re off for another four or five months. So I think anytime there are elimination games, and tomorrow isn’t guaranteed, I think the intensity is going to be there.”

Chris Kreider

Rangers-mania on MSG!

Need a refresher on all the excitement from this 2019-20 season? Well MSG is re-airing all of the Rangers’ wins over the next two weeks.

Starting this Saturday at 10am watch the Rangers’ opening night win over Winnipeg back in October. Check your local listings for the full schedule.

Author’s Note: Chris Kreider quotes for tonights show provided my MSG Networks.