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 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.