The Rangers canceled Sunday’s scheduled practice, and since Alain Vigneault wants injured defenseman Kevin Klein to practice at least once before playing, that should rule him out for Game 3.
Klein (broken left forearm) did not use his left arm much in his grueling, solo Saturday morning skate at the Garden. He may rejoin his teammates for their next practice, though, perhaps Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
“We’re waiting to see how the pain will be for the rest of the day,” Vigneault said of Klein’s reaction to his latest on-ice workout.
Klein, 30, has been sidelined since March 11, when he broke his arm blocking a shot by Alex Ovechkin in Washington. His timeline for recovery is 4-6 weeks. Wednesday will mark six weeks since the injury. Games 3 and 4 are Monday and Wednesday in Pittsburgh, respectively.
The righthanded defenseman had a career year despite his late injury, including a torrid start with seven goals in the Rangers’ first 30 games. He finished the regular season with nine goals and 26 assists in 65 games, and there was a significant stretch in the late winter when he and Marc Staal comprised the Rangers’ most consistent defensive pair.
DRAFT IN THE AIR
In the NHL, it pays to tank. The Edmonton Oilers won the 2015 draft lottery on Saturday night, which means they likely will select Canadian center Connor McDavid with the top pick in the June 26-27 draft at the Panthers’ BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.
McDavid, 18, scored 44 goals with 120 points in 47 games this season for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League. Who knows what his addition will mean in Edmonton, though. The Oilers owned the top pick in 2010, 2011 and 2012, and still finished with the third-worst record in the NHL this season.
The Buffalo Sabres will select second and are expected to take Massachusetts-born center Jack Eichel, 18, the Hobey Baker Award winner from Boston University. Both McDavid and Eichel are considered potential franchise-altering talents.
YANDLE HIM WITH CARE
Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle (assist) left the bench for the locker room and missed almost the entire second half of the first period in Saturday night’s 4-3 Game 2 loss. His unknown ailment appeared to be related to a pair of hits from Pens forward Blake Comeau, but Yandle returned and finished the game. In the third period, Yandle caught Comeau with a high cross-check, and Pens captain Sidney Crosby was shaken up on an incidental neutral zone collision with Carl Hagelin as the Rangers forward headed for the bench. Pittsburgh’s players took exception… Derick Brassard leads the Rangers with two goals in the playoffs.
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