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McDonagh out 3-4 weeks; Klein’s X-Rays negative

Bobby Bevilacqua

Ryan McDonagh 10-19

Ryan McDonagh’s separated shoulder will sideline him for 3 to 4 weeks, according to head coach Alain Vigneault.

Ryan McDonagh, who was hit hard into the boards last night and separated his left shoulder, will miss 3 to 4 weeks as a result of the injury, with the information coming from Alain Vigneault and Steve Zipay.

The shoulder that was injured was the same one McDonagh hurt at the end of last season, where he missed 5 games with a sore shoulder.

With the type of injury he suffered, the result could have been a lot worse. Three to four weeks could have been a lot worse for the Rangers, but the absence of New Yorks number one defenseman will really hurt the team, and it will be hard to find someone to replace him.

Kevin Klein’s X-rays returned negative, which is a good sign for the Rangers after he suffered a contusion on his foot as a result of blocking a shot early in last night’s game. Klein will be reevaluated tomorrow, and there is no timetable for his return.

Derek Stepan, who suffered a broken fibula in the preseason, has been practicing in a non-contact jersey for the past few days, and is eligible to return for tomorrow. Dan Boyle, who broke his hand blocking a shot in the season opener on October 8th, has also started skating and participating in light drills. He has also recently been practicing with a stick, with light passing drills. Boyle could return within two weeks.

Vigneault also stated that Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh and Kevin Klein will all be inactive for tomorrow’s game against St. Louis. This will not affect the forwards, as they have been skating without Stepan this whole season, but the defensive side will be effected tremendously.

St. Louis Blues v New York Rangers

Kevin Klein will miss tomorrow’s game against the St. Louis Blues, as there is still some swelling in his foot where he blocked a shot. There is no timetable for Klein’s return.

The Rangers will be without four of their six starting defenseman (McDonagh, shoulder; Klein, foot; Boyle, hand; Moore, suspension). Only Dan Girardi and Marc Staal remain from the opening night starting lineup.

Matt Hunwick has been a replacement since Dan Boyle’s injury, and has done a good job of filling in for him and has shown solid play on both sides of the puck. He also played over 27 minutes of ice time against Winnipeg following the injuries.

Michael Kostka will also be a starter for the foreseeable future. Kostka was reinserted into the lineup yesterday to take place of the suspended John Moore, and logged nearly 22 minutes of ice time along with steady defense throughout the game. A lot of credit has to be given to Kostka, who was thrown to the wolves last night with an increased role following the Klein and McDonagh injuries, and answered the call.

Mike Kostka skating 11-1

For not playing since October 14th, Michael Kostka was steady on defense, and played for 22 minutes in an unexpected, increased role.

With Klein and McDonagh both out, it looks like the Rangers will have to make two callups, and it’s not known for how long. No announcement has been made about who could get called up, but I will be sure to report it as soon as I get the news.

Dylan McIlrath and Conner Allen were both not on the ice for warmups for the Hartford Wolf Pack’s game today, and could be the two callups for New York.

Ryan Malone has been placed on waivers, which was likely done to make room for the defenseman that will be called up. Malone will likely be assigned to Hartford, but it is not clear if he will report for assignment.

Malone said he understands that he is the odd man out, and also praised Kevin Hayes and Anthony Duclair, saying that they’re great players and that he believes the NHL is “getting younger.”

After making eight straight starts, Henrik Lundqvist will get a break, and Cam Talbot will get the start on Monday against the Blues.

Minnesota Wild v New York Rangers

Cam Talbot will get the start on Monday against the St. Louis Blues. Talbot’s last start came in a loss to the Colombus Blue Jackets on October 10th, where he made 21 saves on 25 shots.

Callup announcements will likely be made after 5 pm, and I will report any important news that is made.

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