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Chris Kreider cleared to return to Rangers lineup

Rangers forward Chris Kreider has been medically cleared to play and could rejoin New York's lineup for Game 4 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Forward had surgery on his broken left hand in March

New York is hoping Chris Kreider could provide an offensive boost if he plays for the Rangers in Game 4 against the Penguins on Wednesday. (File/Getty Images)

Rangers forward Chris Kreider has been medically cleared to play and could rejoin New York's lineup for Game 4 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Kreider participated in the team's morning skate. Neither he nor coach Alain Vigneault will say if he will play Wednesday night.

The 23-year-old Kreider broke his left hand on March 21 and underwent surgery a week later after playing in two games. He missed the last nine games and the first 10 in the playoffs.

Vigneault called Kreider day to day."

New York trails Pittsburgh 2-1 and has been shut out in two straight games.

Kreider scored 17 goals — six on the power play — this season and could provide a boost to the man-advantage unit that has failed 34 straight times.

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