Chris Kreider doesn't look like he will come back anytime soon after hand surgery.
It's a big blow for the Rangers, especially since they have not found a winger to take his place.
Kreider, who has 17 goals and 20 points, possesses an impressive blend of size and speed. There's no one on the Rangers quite like him.
The Rangers have tried pretty much everyone in his stead. They've tried Dan Carcillo, J.T. Miller, Marty St. Louis and Carl Hagelin.
Hagelin has had the most success, but that's not saying much. No one has been able to replace Kreider's skill set on a line with Rick Nash and Derek Stepan.
Who should be on that line? Ideally, it would be Benoit Pouliot, who comes the closest in terms of pure skill to Kreider.
But moving Pouliot to that line would mean breaking up the Rangers' best line all season—Pouliot, Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello.
So who's the next-best option behind Pouliot? The Rangers might want to try Brian Boyle. Boyle played Saturday night's game with Brad Richards and Marty St. Louis and wasn't bad. Boyle is probably the slowest Ranger, but he can park himself in front of the net and dig for pucks in the corner.
This is probably the Rangers' biggest problem right now, and it will affect them greatly in the playoffs. Finding a replacement for Kreider is crucial for success.