10:19AM: Kevin Hayes took 17 faceoffs last night in 17:51, winning only three of them.
Hayes had a goal, 4 shots on goal, 1 shot attempt blocked and two hits in the game.
Hayes lost all six faceoffs he took in the offensive zone, including two on the PP, went 1 for 6 in the defensive zone and 2 for 5 in the neutral zone.
Larry Brooks said that Hayes didn't have "much of a game in the middle." (NY Post)
While Hayes was on the ice at 5 on 5, the Rangers had 65% of the shot attempts. (Natural Stat Trick)
Hayes skated between Brian Gibbons and Emerson Etem.(Natural Stat Trick)
For a lot more on Hayes and where he might play this year, click HERE.
Adam Rotter: Starting tomorrow night and through the rest of the preseason the Rangers should use Hayes on the wing. 3 for 17 on faceoffs can't happen when you have one of Dominic Moore, Jarret Stoll or Oscar Lindberg on the wing. Hayes wants to be a difference maker for the Rangers and a "game changer" and the best way for him to do that is to be on the wing. He won't need to worry about faceoffs, he won't need to worry about playing deep in the defensive zone and can just focus on being a power forward on the wing. Hayes made the team and took over the third-line center spot last year out of necessity, but the Rangers have depth at center know and should shift Hayes to the wing.