New York Rangers agree to terms with Kevin Hayes
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New York Rangers will be without forward Kevin Hayes for the next two to three weeks due to injury.

New York Rangers forward Kevin Hayes will be out for two to three weeks due to a lower-body injury.

Hayes suffered the injury during Sunday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings. He had an MRI on Monday. The earliest that he could return would be February 7 and he could miss eight or nine games if he’s out for three weeks.

The forward had played in all of the Rangers 47 games this season. He has 13 goals and 22 assists this season, according to the Associated Press. Hayes is third on the team in points with 35. He is on pace to surpass his career highs of 17 goals, 28 assists, and 45 points, which was set in the 2014-15 season.

Hayes’s injury isn’t a major blow to the Rangers since center Mike Zibanejad has come back from a broken leg. Matt Puempel should fill in for Hayes during Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Kings.

The Rangers have the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

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