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Mar
30

McIlrath cleared to play

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Per Andrew Gross, defenseman Dylan McIlrath has been medically cleared to play. McIlrath had been out for three weeks with an injured right knee. With him cleared to play, it is expected that Alain Vigneault will rest some players before the playoffs, but it will be up to the coach to get him back into the lineup.

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Mar
07

McIlrath, Staal out versus Buffalo

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Both Dylan McIlrath (knee) and Marc Staal (back) will not travel with the team to Buffalo for Tuesday’s game. Staal is still dealing with his back spasms, and McIlrath tweaked his knee in last night’s game against the Islanders. Both are considered day-to-day.

The Rangers will recall a defenseman from Hartford for tomorrow’s game.

Update: Henrik Lundqvist will not travel with the team either.

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Mar
07

Rick Nash skates at practice

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Good news, folks. Rick Nash is on the ice at practice in a non-contact jersey. Nash has been out for a month now with a bone bruise. Considering the type of injury, the fact that he is skating is a very positive sign. He should be back in the lineup sooner rather than later, assuming no setbacks.

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Some quick updates today on the injury front:

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Some quick injury updates as we await the game tonight in Dallas (or deadline moves):

All is quiet in Rangerland right now. The Rangers never let their trades leak early, and while I don’t expect anything to come until Sunday at the earliest, never say never. It appears to be a foregone conclusion that they will make a move though.

Update: Fast will play tonight. McIlrath is the healthy scratch.

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Both Ryan McDonagh and Marc Staal are set to return to the lineup tonight, with Marek Hrivik potentially out with the flu. If Hrivik can’t go, then the Rangers will go with 11F and 7D in St. Louis tonight. McDonagh returns after the Leo Komarov cheap shot. Staal missed one game after tweaking something.

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The Daniel Paille experiment is over in New York. The Rangers waived the winger today, and will send him to Hartford once he clears. Paille was signed a month ago to help “address the penalty kill issues.” It was a signing that ignored the core issues with the unit and tried to throw a band-aid on them. The signing was met with general dislike, not because of the player, but because of those ignored process issues.

With Rick Nash still on the mend, the Rangers will need a call up from Hartford for Sunday night’s game.

In some good news, Ryan McDonagh passed concussion protocal, but will be out tomorrow. He does not have a concussion, but does have jaw/neck issues. Concussion free is the best possible news for the Rangers and McDonagh.

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Feb
18

Ryan McDonagh will not return

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Sam Rosen announced on the broadcast that Ryan McDonagh will not return to the game tonight for precautionary reasons. McDonagh received a vicious headshot from Leo Komarov at the end of the first period. You can view three angles of the hit here.

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Feb
17

Ryan McDonagh to return tonight

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Per Andrew Gross, concussed defenseman Ryan McDonagh will return to the lineup tonight. It is unclear who will sit, but the smart money is on Dylan McIlrath taking a seat again. Marc Staal is with his wife who is due, so he may be scratched.

For what it’s worth, Dan Boyle was at the morning skate today after sitting yesterday out with the flu.

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If Nash is out, what will happen? (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

I have a fear.

I fear that Rick Nash will be out long-term.

This fear isn’t without merit, as there is no timetable for his return and he was recently downgraded to week-to-week. The Rangers have done well without him in the short-term, as J.T. Miller has really picked up the slack. Miller, along with Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard, have helped tremendously, picking up Nash’s goal scoring.

However Miller won’t continue shooting 30%. When that regression comes, the goals may dry up. The Rangers already had a need for a top-six forward with Nash in the lineup. If he’s out long-term, then there is a need for a second top-six winger. That is my fear. That second top-six winger.

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