Kevin Hayes scored his 20th goal of the season on Saturday in Florida and has five goals and two assists in the past seven games.
From the Rangers Game Notes, Hayes:
- "has notched a point in 11 of the last 15 games, and he has recorded 15 points (nine goals, six assists) over the span."
- "Hayes has also registered 17 points (10 goals, seven assists) in 20 games since returning to the Rangers' lineup on Jan. 25, and he leads the Blueshirts in goals and points over the span."
Hayes said recently that he loves being a Ranger and wants to spend his whole career here. (NY Post)
Hayes said that his focus this season, in his new role, is not trying to look like an "idiot" when defending against the other team's top players. (NY Post)
He said that he is trying to be aware on the ice when he should shoot the puck and that everyone right now has an opportunity to "step up." (NY Post)
Alain Vigneault spoke about Hayes after Saturday's game and said that the coaches have been trying to get him to shoot more and that he is a "big body that can make some plays with the puck."