No Kreider, Buchnevich for Rangers tonight; Raanta starts


The New York Rangers have been scoring at a blistering pace in part because of their offensive depth. They’ll be a little thinner on Sunday night, however.

The team announced that Chris Kreider will miss tonight’s game against the Edmonton Oilers because of an upper-body injury.

(It could be related to back spasms, according to the Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson.)

The Rangers didn’t give much of an indication regarding Kreider’s injury beyond tonight, saying that he’ll be “evaluated.”

Also noteworthy for the Rangers: Antti Raanta will start in net instead of Henrik Lundqvist. That’s not an outrageous move after Lundqvist had a busy Saturday in victory. (Also, Raanta is quietly putting together quite a resume as an effective backup.)

Update: The Rangers will also be without Pavel Buchnevich, who is for sure dealing with back spasms. Adam Clendening is taking his spot.

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