McDonagh played through a broken bone in his right pointer finger but indicated it did impact his stickhandling and passing after returning for Game 3 of the series with the Penguins, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. McDonagh now has a full offseason to recover from the issue, and the fact that he played through it likely indicates it wasn't overly serious to begin with. Expect the captain to be good o go for the start of the 2016-17 campaign unless something further surfaces to suggest otherwise.
McDonagh (hand) took part in line rushes during pregame warmups, indicating he'll return to the Rangers' lineup for Tuesday's Game 3 against Pittsburgh, NHL.com's Dan Rosen reports. The Rangers will be ecstatic to have their captain back in the lineup for Game 3 of their first-round series, as McDonagh was New York's best defenseman during the regular season, notching 34 points (nine goals, 25 assists) with a fantastic plus-26 rating over 73 games. Savvy owners who rolled the dice on McDonagh in playoff pools may have hit the jackpot, as the Rangers have held their own against the dangerous Penguins thus far, and could be in for a deep postseason run. The 26-year-old blueliner is expected to skate alongside Brady Skjei on the Rangers' second pairing in Tuesday's tilt.
McDonagh (hand) will meet with doctors Tuesday afternoon to determine his availability for Game 3 against the Penguins later in the evening. McDonagh was a full participant in practice Monday, which came as a surprise. But Andrew Gross of The Record reports that the defenseman was on the ice yet again Tuesday morning, further strengthening his bid to play in the upcoming contest. If you're relying on McDonagh in playoff formats, it would be wise to check back for an update once team doctors have had a chance to check him out further. He's shaping up to be a game-time call.
McDonagh (hand) was a surprise addition to Monday's practice but is likely to miss Tuesday's outing against Pittsburgh, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports. MccDonagh was not expected to join the team Monday but was a full participant in practice, which is a good sign he is nearing a return. With fellow blueliner Dan Girardi (undisclosed) also sidelined, the Rangers recalled Raphael Diaz, although coach Alain Vigneault refused to name his third defensive pairing. McDonagh was in a bit of a slump prior to his injury as he recorded a mere two helpers in his previous 10 contests. Despite the try spell, the 26-year-old is still a high value fantasy option when he slots back into the lineup.
McDonagh (hand) is not expected to practice Monday, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. McDonagh thus remains iffy for Tuesday's game against the Penguins, with fellow blueliner Dan Girardi in the same situation in advance of Game 3 of the team's first-round playoff series.
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