Ryan McDonagh D NYR 13 Days

Ryan McDonaghÿ(shoulder) might not return before the end of the regular season.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault admitted that he might simply sit McDonagh even if he's capable of playing. From the Rangers' perspective, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world if he gets an opportunity to rest up before the playoffs.

Ryan McDonagh D NYR 13 Days

Ryan McDonagh (shoulder) is expected to miss his third straight game on Tuesday.

McDonagh suffered the shoulder injury when he was hit by the Canucks Alex Burrows a week ago. There is no word as to whether or not McDonagh is even skating at this time and the hope is that he will be ready for the start of the playoffs. The defenseman is having a breakout season in the NHL with 14 goals and 43 points with a plus-11 rating in 77 games. He should be drafted as a top-10 defenseman next season.

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Ryan McDonagh is "pretty confident" that he'll be back before the playoffs start.

The Rangers defenseman suffered a shoulder injury on a hit from Canucks forward Alex Borrows late in Tuesday's game, and he didn't play Thursday night, though he traveled with the team. McDonagh said right now he's dealing with soreness and doesn't have "full range of motion" with his left arm. "I'm pretty confident that I will be (back before the playoffs)," he said. "That's my goal. I wish I could be out there right now, but hopefully I get a chance to get back in soon."

Ryan McDonagh D NYR 19 Days

Ryan McDonagh (shoulder) traveled with the Rangers to Colorado for Thursday night's game versus the Avalanche.

A team spokesman said the initial diagnosis on McDonagh's injury is that it's "not serious." That's good news because it means that he probably won't need surgery, but the Rangers may keep him out of the lineup until the playoffs.

Ryan McDonagh D NYR 19 Days

Ryan McDonagh sustained a shoulder injury in the final minute of the Rangers' game on Tuesday.

McDonagh had his left arm in a sling following the contest, but fortunately the ailment is not believed to be serious. It would be a major blow to the Rangers if he wasn't available for the playoffs.

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The New York Rangers think Ryan McDonagh has played well enough this season to merit strong consideration as the top defenseman in the NHL.

"Ryan McDonagh . has just been a force out there," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "He's got to be getting some consideration for the Norris Trophy the way he is playing offensively." McDonagh's point-scoring streak was snapped Friday at five games (three goals, four assists). He had a goal and an assist Monday and scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal Wednesday. McDonagh has three goals in the past six games - all game-winners. "It's something that I've seen with Mac since I started with him," said Derek Stepan, who has known McDonagh since the two were children, and also was his teammate at Wisconsin. "It's no secret defensively he's very difficult to beat and probably one of the best defensemen and now you guys are going to get to see a little bit of his offensive side. And he's got a big offensive swing to him and it hasn't really shined as much as it has this year but it's been there the whole time. He'll continue to grow."

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Ryan McDonagh netted a goal for the Rangers in their 3-1 victory against the Flyers on Wednesday night.

Since entering the league about four years ago, McDonagh has been known for his stingy defense and not his offense. But now, under the offensively-minded Alain Vigneault, McDonagh's offensive game is blossoming. His 14 goals are tied for fifth among blueliners, and his 43 points are tied for 11th. He also had two penalty minutes and was a plus-two in this game. Fourth liners Derek Dorsett and Dominic Moore also scored for New York in the win.

Ryan McDonagh D NYR 28 Days

Ryan McDonagh enjoyed a superb game for the Rangers in Monday's 4-3 overtime win against Phoenix.

In addition to scoring the overtime winner, McDonagh added a pair of assists for a three-point night and lifted his season total to a career-best 42. Derick Brassard, Brad Richards and Dan Girardi also contributed goals for New York in the win while Carl Hagelin and Benoit Pouliot each recorded a pair of assists.

Ryan McDonagh D NYR 1 Month

Ryan McDonagh has four goals and seven points in 11 contests since the Olympic break.

McDonagh has also been averaging 25:17 minutes per contest. He's emerging as a great offensive defenseman and has established new career-highs with 12 goals and 37 points in 70 contests this season.

Ryan McDonagh D NYR 1 Month

Ryan McDonagh picked up an assist in the Rangers' 2-1 loss on Thursday.

McDonagh has recorded at least a point in five of his last six games. He has 11 goals and 36 points in 67 contests this season.