Rangers Lose Kevin Hayes to Lower-Body Injury

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So, the Rangers will probably be without Kevin Hayes for a little while.

Early in the first half of the first period, Hayes was slow to get up after Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt rode him hard into the boards:

The only update the Rangers have offered thus far was a mid-game report that he was being evaluated for a lower-body injury:

While the Rangers have yet to update the situation since, Hayes did miss the remainder of the game, which can’t be seen as a good sign.

Updates will be provided as they’re announced.

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  1. ThirtyONE
    Of course he'll be missed. There's no one to fill his role - maybe Nieves can? There's no center to call up. They'll probably have to shift Miller back to center.
    I'm just saying if people are wondering why the Rangers are mediocre - that's a stat to look at. Our 2nd line center has 17 points on the season. Defensive role or not, you need at lease SOME offense from that position.
    Bigger point to me is that Vesey, Hayes and Miller are all the same player - Miller being the most well rounded - do we need all three?

    Think they might be calling up Peter Holland from Hartford.
    Long live the King
    While more assists would be nice, he is, since last year, used in a defensive roll. Starts 59% of his 5 on 5 shifts in the D zone. Taken by far the most D zone faceoffs. Top PK minutes on the team for forwards. If you think Hayes won't be missed because you're only looking at 8 assists you're sorely mistaken. As bad as they are defensively, they'll be even worse without Hayes.

    Completely agree -- looking at Hayes in terms of purely numbers right now is a mistake. Certainly if he can bring back a better player in a combination one has to be open, but he's not the kind of guy you sell.
    He's the kind of player you want when you're in a better position a couple of years from now by which time he should be hitting his stride on all cyclinders.
    Look how long it took Jon Audy-Marchessault,(https://www.blueshirtbanter.com/2018/1/5/16845924/the-one-that-got-away )-- we let a bona fide point a game center get away there (we weren't the only ones, though, Columbus and Florida and Tampa did Too), with lousy organizational talent management. hayes is talent in hand and I am convinced there is more upside to come, injuries permitting. of course, I'm the worst jinx when I say these things, but ya gotta have an opinion and that's mine.
    This year is looking more problematic by the day. If I'm selling, it's Nash first, not Hayes,
    Shane Falco
    What are the chances the Rangers look for a legit #1 center in the off season? I know for the time being Zibanejad is the defacto #1, but he doesnt fit the bill IMO. Maybe in regards to offensive production at certain times he does but Hayes does a better job being a shutdown center. A top C that doesn’t necessarily play against the opposing teams top lines is a problem imo.
    I don’t know the stats so let me tackle that right now. This is all from the ever so popular eye test.

    I think there might be 1 upcoming FA that fits the bill...
    Sucks that Chytil is at the WJC. Now would be the most perfect time to insert him in as the defacto 2nd line center.
    Maybe a Bozak deal now needs to be made? I'd be ok with giving Nieves a look there, but Desharnias is probably going to just get more playing time or Miller jumps to center and they play the shit out of Fast on the bottom two lines.
    What are the chances the Rangers look for a legit #1 center in the off season? I know for the time being Zibanejad is the defacto #1, but he doesnt fit the bill IMO. Maybe in regards to offensive production at certain times he does but Hayes does a better job being a shutdown center. A top C that doesn’t necessarily play against the opposing teams top lines is a problem imo.
    I don’t know the stats so let me tackle that right now. This is all from the ever so popular eye test.
    Future
    Pre-injury, Zib was pacing 80 points or something. I think he's a legit #1, more than Stepan, anyways.

    Yeah, he's looked like a 1C for a single month in the past 5 years. That's the problem.
    Dunny
    Same old problem. Hayes is a fantastic 3. Zib is a fantastic 2.
    It's the Peter Principal.

    Pre-injury, Zib was pacing 80 points or something. I think he's a legit #1, more than Stepan, anyways.