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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Kreider practicing, appears to be OK

By Katie Strang

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Rangers forward Chris Kreider appeared to be fine Tuesday, two days after a big open-ice hit from Brooks Orpik during a 6-3 loss to the Penguins.

Kreider looked a bit wobbly after the crushing blow -- one that coach John Tortorella endorsed as "clean" -- but is back practicing with the team and wearing a regular practice jersey.

The rookie, who had a remarkable Rangers debut during the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, is skating on a line with center Derek Stepan and team captain Ryan Callahan.

Marian Gaborik is skating on the left wing on the top line with center Brad Richards and right wing Rick Nash.

• Defenseman Stu Bickel is practicing as a forward on the fourth line in the absence of Arron Asham. Asham, who dropped the gloves after the opening faceoff against his former team Sunday, has a mild groin strain.