Jason Brough

Sidney Crosby, Kevin Klein

Rangers’ Klein out ‘indefinitely’ with fractured thumb


The New York Rangers have lost one of their most dependable defensemen “indefinitely.” The club announced today that Kevin Klein has a fractured thumb. There’s no timetable for his return.

Klein is averaging 20:01 of ice time, second on the team to Ryan McDonagh. The 31-year-old has already missed 12 games this season due to injury.

With Klein sidelined, expect to see more of big rookie Dylan McIlrath. Both players are right shots.

The Rangers host Minnesota Thursday.

The Wild are ‘finding different ways to lose hockey games’

New York Islanders center Anders Lee (27) celebrates after scoring a goal on Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Wild's Mikael Granlund is at center. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The Minnesota Wild lost again last night, falling 5-3 to the Islanders in Brooklyn.

The latest defeat saw the Wild’s record fall to 3-8-3 in 2016, and it left head coach Mike Yeo bemoaning his team’s inability to make any “winning plays.”

“What’s concerning,” Yeo told reporters, “is we’re finding different ways to lose hockey games.”

For example, this defensive effort on the Isles’ third goal:

Thomas Vanek took responsibility for that one, calling it “on me.”

Hard to disagree there.

The Wild’s next game is Thursday against the Rangers at MSG.

Related: Yeo met with the Wild’s analytics guys, and it was ‘interesting’

Preds believe Vesey could ‘come in and play right away’

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 23:  Jimmy Vesey #19 of the Harvard Crimson skates against Steve Santini #6 of the Boston College Eagles during the second period of the 2015 Beanpot Tournament consolation game at TD Garden on February 23, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The Nashville Predators aren’t sure when Jimmy Vesey’s Harvard season is going to end, but as soon as it does, they want the 22-year-old winger to come play for them.

“As we’ve told him all along, and including as recently as probably this past week, is we’ve got a spot for him,” Preds GM David Poile told 102.5 The Game radio in Nashville (audio).

“We truly believe that he could come in and play right away.”

Of course, before he’d play for the Preds he’d have to sign with them. The alternative for the NCAA star is to become a free agent this offseason, which has led to all sorts of speculation that he’ll do just that.

Hence, the aggressive pitch by the Preds.

“I could see him starting right out either on (Ryan) Johansen’s line or probably Mike Fisher’s line,” said Poile.

Vesey has 16 goals and 16 assists in 20 games for Harvard.

Related: Vesey says he has ‘great relationship’ with Preds

NHL announces makeup dates for trio of postponed games

People pitch in to get a DC Metro police car moving again on 18th Street NW, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 in Washington. A blizzard with hurricane-force winds brought much of the East Coast to a standstill Saturday, dumping as much as 3 feet of snow, stranding tens of thousands of travelers and shutting down the nation's capital and its largest city. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The NHL announced the following rescheduled games today:

— Originally scheduled for Friday, Jan. 22, the Anaheim Ducks and Washington Capitals at Verizon Center has been moved to Sunday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. ET.

— Originally scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 23, the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders at Barclays Center has been moved to Sunday, April 10, at 7:00 p.m. ET.

— Originally scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 24, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals at Verizon Center has been moved to Tuesday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. ET.

So, the last day of the regular season is now April 10, not April 9.

The first day of the playoffs is April 13.

Related: Ducks-Caps could be played April 10

For players, escrow is the ‘highest thing on their radar scope’

Donald Fehr: Sidney Crosby

By and large, NHLers have pretty good lives. But they do have worries, and chief among them is all the money they’re losing to escrow.

“What’s talked about now mostly is escrow,” NHLPA chief Donald Fehr told the Chicago Tribune during All-Star Weekend in Nashville.

“No doubt about it. And that’s really exacerbated by the Canadian dollar issues. But there’s no doubt that’s the highest thing on their radar scope — they see it every time they get a check.”

Escrow recently rose to 18 percent, and it remains to be seen how much of that will be refunded to the players when all the accounting is done.

It also remains to be seen if the NHLPA will accept the standard five percent growth factor for next season. That was a concern last year, and it could be even more of a concern this year. (To understand that issue, consider Duncan Keith.)

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