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Chris Kreider meshing well with Filip Chytil and Pavel Buchnevich on Rangers' second line

Rangers center Chris Kreider makes the centering pass from the goal line at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 24. Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Through all the ups and downs the young Rangers have gone through so far this season, one thing has remained constant: Chris Kreider has been, and remains, a total pro.

All the guy does is what the team needs him to do. And for the nine games preceding Wednesday’s contest at Madison Square Garden against Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals, the Rangers have needed Kreider to ride shotgun on the team’s second line with youngsters Filip Chytil and Pavel Buchnevich.