Jesper Fast out 2-3 weeks after suffering shoulder injury (update)

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Some tough news if you’re a fan of the New York Rangers.

According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, Jesper Fast will miss some time with what’s believed to be a separated shoulder.

Fast suffered the injury after being flattened by Alex Ovechkin in last night’s 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals.

The 25-year-old has been a key contributor for New York this season. He’s up to five goals and 15 assists in 59 games. He’s also second in shorthanded ice time and in hits among all Rangers forwards.

The Rangers went into last night’s game without Mika Zibanejad and they also lost Chris Kreider momentarily yesterday, but he was able to return.

*Update:

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault gave an update on Fast’s status after practice. The forward is expected to be out for anywhere between two to three weeks, which seems a lot better than “out indefinitely”.

In other injury news, Vigneault says he’s hoping defenseman Kevin Klein (back spasms) can skate tomorrow.