McDonagh Practices But Still Out; Lundqvist to Start vs. Sabres

This morning, Ryan McDonagh practiced with his Ranger teammates for the first time since suffering a shoulder injury in Vancouver on April 1st.

McDonagh, who was wearing a non-contact jersey, will not suit-up against the Sabres tomorrow night, according to Alain Vigneault. The Rangers coach said it’s 50/50 whether McDonagh will return for the season finale in Montreal on Saturday.

…with the Rangers already qualifying for the playoffs and just two points from clinching the #3 seed, the choice to sit McDonagh has been an easy one for Vigneault. Will be interesting to see what AV would do with McD if the possibility of falling into a Wild Card comes into play on Saturday. Something to keep an eye on.

Chris Kreider was not on the ice with the team a day after participating in the team’s optional morning skate.

If you’re looking for an injury status on Kreider, don’t get your hopes up, as yesterday, Vigneault told the press that with the playoffs on the horizon, he will not be offering medical updates (via New York Post)…

“As you know, as we move forward here, injury-wise, we will not be giving out a lot of information. Just so you know.”

…if you’ve been a long time reader of this blog you know my unhappiness with how the Rangers handle the release of information on injuries, but this is pretty industry standard in every professional sports league.

Vigneault also announced that Henrik Lundqvist will start tomorrow against the Sabres, but has yet to make-up his mind for Saturday in Montreal.

…tomorrow is a big two points for seeding, but I’d almost rather see Talbot against the lowly Sabres. The Rangers always seem to tighten-up defensively with Talbot between the pipes meaning less of a chance there’s a letdown against an inferior opponent.

…Lundqvist will obviously be back in goal Saturday if a loss means the Rangers end up with one of the Wild Card spots.

Jesper Fast will remain in the line-up.

…if it’s not broke…


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