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Friday March 28th, 2014

Rangers left winger Chris Krieder's status for the playoffs is in doubt after hand surgery. (Andre Ringuette/Getty Images) Rangers left winger Chris Krieder's status for the playoffs is in doubt after hand surgery. (Andre Ringuette/Getty Images)

New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider is out indefinitely after having surgery on his injured left hand, the team announced Friday.

Krieder was originally supposed to miss up to five games, including all of the Rangers' four-game Western Conference trip, which starts Friday night in Calgary. The team is riding a hot streak of late, having won five games in a row and seven of its last 10 contests.

Kreider, 22, was injured last Friday night in New York's win against the Columbus Blue Jackets but still played in the team's next two contests.

MUIR: Top Line: Sean Avery zings fatso Martin Brodeur; pug threatens Carlyle; more He has 17 goals and 20 assists this season for the Rangers (41-29-4), who are fifth in the Eastern Conference standings, three points behind the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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