Mar 28, 2014; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) skates against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan McDonagh Confident He Can Return

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New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh appears to be on track to play in the postseason, and maybe even sooner.

“I’m pretty confident that I will be [back before the playoffs],”Ryan McDonagh said, per the New York Daily News. “That’s my goal. I wish I could be out there right now, but hopefully I get a chance to get back in soon.”

McDonagh suffered an upper-body injury against Vancouver on Tuesday, and was seen leaving Rogers Arena with his arm in a sling. He then missed New York’s game on Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche.

The Rangers have four games left on their schedule before the playoffs begin — Ottawa on Saturday, Carolina on Tuesday, Buffalo on Thursday and Saturday at Montreal — and there is hope that McDonagh could return in time for the team’s last game against Montreal in order to make sure he is ready for the grind of the playoffs.

“I’m gonna play as soon as I can and as soon as I feel confident to play the way I need to play on the ice,” McDonagh said. “I don’t care if we’ve clinched or not.”

The Rangers enter Friday night with 91 points which is good for second place in the Metropolitan Division. They need just one more win to clinch a postseason berth.


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