DALLAS — Nothing has materially changed, but it sure was a sight for sore eyes.

Chris Kreider was out of his walking boot and doing skating and stick-handling drills in a sweatsuit Tuesday morning before the Rangers’ 4-2 win over the Stars. This was the fifth game missed by Kreider, who broke his left foot while blocking a shot in Philadelphia on Feb. 28.

Kreider was expected to miss four to six weeks, which is still the projected timeline. That means the Rangers would be happy if he can play again during the regular season, which ends April 4. But a sign of progress is always good.

“Still very precautionary,” coach David Quinn said. “He’s not coming back tomorrow night, that’s for sure. But he’s making progress.”

Asked if Kreider was ahead of schedule, Quinn said, “Yeah, maybe a little ahead.” But he wasn’t trying to rush Kreider back for this playoff push.

“You just never know with this type of situation,” Quinn said. “It’s really how you feel daily and how quickly you can heal.”

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Chris KreiderPaul J. Bereswill

Center Filip Chytil played 5:32 in the first period, but did not return for the second period. The Rangers cited a “lower-body” injury. Quinn said the 20-year-old center is “day-to-day,” and said there “probably” would be a need for a call-up from AHL Hartford for Wednesday night’s game at Colorado.

Carrying only 18 healthy skaters, the Rangers could use an emergency recall if Chytil can’t play. They have only two regular recalls left.


The Rangers signed Michigan State free-agent forward Patrick Khodorenko on Tuesday to an entry-level deal that begins next season. The 6-foot, 200-pounder will immediately report to AHL Hartford while on an amateur tryout.

Khodorenko, 21, is from Walnut Creek, Calif., and played in the U.S. Development Program with current Rangers defensemen Adam Fox and Ryan Lindgren.

“Pretty heavy player,” Fox said of Khodorenko. “Thick guy, really strong on his skates. Pretty good goal-scorer, too.”


Goalie Igor Shesterkin started a second straight game, and Quinn had said that he was considering either Alexandar Georgiev or Henrik Lundqvist for the second leg of the back-to-back.

“We’ll kick it around after the game, over a beer,” Quinn said.


The locker room remained closed due to the NHL’s coronavirus protocol, but Quinn, speaking before the game from a podium rather than the usual scrum, said, “It really hasn’t changed what we’re doing, or what I’m doing personally.”

When asked if he has looked around the league to see what else is happening — such as the Sharks being unable to play another home game this season — Quinn just shrugged and said, “No, I really don’t.”