Chris Kreider medically cleared

NEW YORK -- Rangers forward Chris Kreider, who has yet to play in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs because of a fractured left hand, has been medically cleared to play, according to coach Alain Vigneault.

Vigneault would not say whether Kreider will make his 2014 post-season debut in Game 4 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, however. The Rangers trail in the series 2-1.

"His fracture is now healed. At this stage, I would say he's day-to-day. I haven't talked to him today yet," Vigneault said in his pregame press briefing.

Kreider participated in the team's morning skate at Madison Square Garden, his first full practice with the team since sustaining the injury during the last month of the regular season.

The 23-year-old winger, who would certainly bring both a size and speed element to the Rangers, has missed the last 19 games with the injury, sustained in a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 21.

Kreider, who had a terrific 17-goal, 37-point regular season, could also give the ailing power-play a boost with his strong net-front presence. The Rangers have been stopped on 34 straight attempts with the man-advantage.

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