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Chris Kreider Ready to Return to the Rangers

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Chris Kreider Ready to Return to the Rangers’ Lineup This Weekend

After leaving the New York Rangers due to a blood clot, forward Chris Kreider has been medically cleared. Kreider has not played since being diagnosed with a blood clot in his right arm on Dec. 27. He will not be traveling with the Rangers for their home game against the Montreal Canadiens this Thursday despite how ready to return Chris feels. However, he could play with the Ranger at home against the Minnesota Wild’s or the Detroit Red Wings this weekend.

Chris Kreider Leaves During a Game

During the first period of a game against the Washington Capitals on December 27th, Kreider left. He experienced swelling in his right arm. It turned out that Chris had a blood clot and required surgery to treat it. The forward underwent rib resection surgery on January 7th.

Chris Kreider ready to return to the ice

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Chris Kreider was born with his first and second ribs used together. After practice, Chris told reporters that he never thought his rib would be a problem. However, the two ribs being fused together was what caused the blood clot.

Kreider Ready to Return

On Wednesday, February 14th Chris practiced with the Rangers in a non-contact jersey. He may have not been on the ice for long, but it was a start to a gradual adjustment to playing again. It was his first time back on the ice since December.

Alan Vigneault, Rangers head coach told reporters after Wednesday’s practice that Kreider is ‘good to go’ and that ‘it could be anytime between Friday and Sunday’ that Kreider will join the Rangers. Not only is Chris Kreider eager to return to the ice, so are his fans.

The Rangers play the second game of a back-to-back at home Friday against Minnesota and host Detroit on Sunday. Hopefully, Kreider is feeling well enough to join during one of the games soon, if not this weekend. All that matters is that Chris puts his health first.