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AV gives McDonagh 50/50 shot of returning before playoffs

Apr 8, 2014, 11:52 AM EDT

Quick update on Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (upper-body) and forward Chris Kreider (hand), from’s Dan Rosen:

Neither player was made available to the media.

Of the two, McDonagh has been most key to the Rangers’ success this season. The 24-year-old has emerged as New York’s best blue-liner, with 43 points in 77 games while logging almost 25 minutes a night. By the sounds of it, he’ll be ready for the playoffs, if not sooner.

Kreider, technically still a rookie, has 17 goals in 66 games, and that’s nothing to sneeze at either. Unfortunately for the Rangers, he seems like a long shot to be ready for the first game of the first round, which is just over a week away.

  1. cofran2004 - Apr 8, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Kreider will be back for game two or three of the first round, and while he’s been important to the team’s success, he hasn’t been critical (though it will be very nice to get his speed and size back in the lineup). McDonagh we need. He HAS been critical. If he’s not ready for the playoffs, the Rangers chances of doing any real damage is severely diminished.

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