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McDonagh earned first star honors in Saturday's win over Vancouver, scoring his first goal of the season, registering four shots on goal, and recording a plus-4 rating.

After going pointless in his first six games, McDonagh has hit his stride, recording five points in his last six games since returning from a shoulder injury. Logging heavy minutes on a Rangers' team that has won two straight games, McDonagh is on track for a second consecutive 40-point season. He's a great fantasy option on the blueline and should be in your lineup every night New York is in action.

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McDonagh has tallied an assist in both of his games since returning from a separated shoulder.

McDonagh skated 22:12 and 24:46, respectively, in dominant wins over the Flyers on Friday and Saturday. Activate the blueliner if you haven't already.

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Coach Alain Vigneault confirmed that McDonagh (shoulder) will play Friday against the Flyers.

McDonagh missed nearly four weeks with the shoulder injury. He'll reunite with Dan Girardi on the Rangers' top pairing, giving the defense an added scoring punch. The Rangers went 4-4-3 over the 11 games the captain missed.

Ryan McDonagh D NYR 20 Days

McDonagh (shoulder) appears likely to return from IR to play Friday against the Flyers, Andrew Gross of The Record reports.

Out since Nov. 1 with a separated shoulder, McDonagh has been practicing since Tuesday and was paired up with regular partner Dan Girardi at Thursday's session, suggesting he'll be ready to go Friday. The Rangers won't hold a morning skate Friday due to the 1:00 p.m. ET puck drop, so McDonagh's return to lineup likely wouldn't be announced until pregame warmups.

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McDonagh (shoulder) is aiming to return to the lineup Friday versus the Rangers, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.

McDonagh will skate Wednesday and practice Thursday before the team decides on his status for Friday's game. Coach Alain Vigneault noted that team trainers wouldn't allow McDonagh to return to the lineup until he was deemed 100 percent healthy, so it's far from a given that he'll give clearance to play over the weekend.

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Despite getting in a full practice Tuesday, McDonagh (shoulder) doesn't expect to play Wednesday versus the Lightning, Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record reports.

McDonagh was a full participant in practice and was encouraged by how the skate went, but seemed to acknowledge that he needs some additional time to get his conditioning back up to snuff. The captain has been out for over three weeks with the separated shoulder, but may be ready to reenter the lineup Friday against the Flyers.

Ryan McDonagh D NYR 23 Days

McDonagh practiced Tuesday for the first time since injuring his shoulder Nov. 1.

McDonagh participated in all drills and was able to take contact, so it appears he is nearly back at 100 percent. He may need a few practice sessions to get into playing shape, but he is on the verge of returning to action.

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McDonagh (shoulder) believes he's close to resume skating with the team.

McDonagh skated on his own Saturday morning and plans to do the same Sunday before the Rangers decide his next move. The blueliner said on Wednesday that he's targeting a return in about two weeks, which would put him on track to be activated at some time in early December.

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McDonagh (shoulder) set a two-week target timetable for his return Thursday, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports.

McDonagh has been sidelined for an extended period of time with a separated shoulder, but took the ice by himself before an optional practice Thursday shooting pucks into the net and got in some stick-handling as well. The blueliner has three assists through ten games this season, posting an even rating while averaging 23:33 of ice time.

Ryan McDonagh D NYR 29 Days

McDonagh skated Tuesday for the first time since injuring his shoulder Nov. 1, Andrew Gross of The Record reports.

McDonagh's next step is uncertain, but he has recovered to the point where he can get back on the ice. He will still likely be sidelined another week or two.