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Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Kreider to return?

By Katie Strang

Although it appeared Monday as if Chris Kreider would miss his sixth straight game, the 21-year-old winger may be making his return to the lineup Tuesday in the team's first rematch against the Devils since the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals.

Kreider practiced Monday in a yellow, non-contact jersey and said he was still working on regaining strength in his injured ankle, but signs indicate he may play in Newark. Kreider did not stay on the ice late with the fellow injured players and scratches and there is the curious case of Brandon Mashinter.

Mashinter was called up on Monday and was on the ice for the Rangers' morning skate Tuesday, but was sent back down in the afternoon. It is believed he was recalled as a precaution for another player testing an injury -- Kreider.

In midseason subterfuge fashion, coach John Tortorella did not reveal his lineup. He also did not rule out Kreider.

Should know soon enough. Puck drops at 7.