Rangers' Kreider To Replace Injured Panarin In NHL All-Star Game

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Artemi Panarin's injury has opened the door for Chris Kreider to play in Saturday's NHL All-Star Game.

Panarin missed the Rangers' game Tuesday against the Islanders -- a 4-2 loss -- with an upper-body injury. He was named an All-Star last month.

The injury doesn't sound serious. Coach David Quinn told reporters Tuesday that it was "50-50" in the hours leading up to the game whether the Rangers' leading scorer would play. Quinn said Panarin had been dealing with the injury for about five days.

The Rangers don't play again until Jan. 31, meaning Panarin, by sitting out All-Star weekend, could go 11 days between games.

 

The Rangers' Chris Kreider shoots against the Edmonton Oilers on March 3, 2018, at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Canada.USA TODAY Images

Kreider will make his first All-Star appearance. The 28-year-old left wing has 17 goals and 15 assists this season. A free agent this summer, Kreider has been the subject of much trade speculation as the NHL's Feb. 24 deadline approaches.

The All-Star Game -- a three-on-three tournament with each division making up a team -- will be played Saturday night at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis.