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Rangers’ Kevin Hayes is doubtful against Islanders as bye week ends

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — As the Rangers prepare for three Metropolitan Division games in a row after their bye week, center Kevin Hayes is unlikely to play in the first one when the Blueshirts host the Islanders on Saturday afternoon.

Hayes practiced on Friday after coming in for treatments on a lower-body injury sustained in the loss to Las Vegas on Sunday. But coach Alain Vigneault said the chance of him playing was “50-50 or maybe less than that, it could change.”

If Hayes, (9-8-17 in 42 games) doesn’t dress, J.T. Miller will probably move from wing to center, resulting in lines that differed from Friday’s practice.