Rangers Practice Report: McDonagh OUT for the start of the playoffs, Lundqvist update

Bobby Bevilacqua

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Photo courtesy of MSG photos.

The Rangers held their first practice today, and it was certainly an interesting one. Mostly everyone was there, but the biggest scare of the day came with Henrik Lundqvist leaving practice twice and missing most of the day’s events.

Afterward, when Vigneault spoke to the media, it was revealed that Henrik Lundqvist left the ice and did not return due to an illness that didn’t allow him to finish practice. AV said that he thinks he should be fine for tomorrow’s practice. Crisis averted.

However, he also said that Ryan McDonagh “definitely” will miss the start of the playoffs against the Penguins. Some media outlets have McDonagh listed with a broken right hand, but AV says that McDonagh remains “day-to-day.”

McDonagh’s absence means that Vigneault has a decision to make; do you play Dylan McIlrath or Brady Skjei to start the playoffs? McIlrath has been with the team all season, and is the more experienced of the two. Brady Skjei has only played seven games with the Rangers, but looks NHL ready and is a left-handed shot. The choice will probably be Skjei in my opinion.

After missing the final game of the season, Mats Zuccarello and Viktor Stalberg were full participants in practice today. Eric Staal was removed from the game against the Red Wings after getting hit in the head, and he was also a full participant in practice. All three are good to go for game one.

Dan Girardi was practicing with McDonagh before the rest of the team came out, and left with McDonagh. He later came out and took some shots with the team. Vigneault said that he will practice again tomorrow and is expected to play in Game 1.

The Rangers start their playoff series against the Penguins on Wednesday at 8 PM.

Posted on April 11, 2016, in Rangers Updates and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Yay. Girardi over Mcilrath. how do you spell a fart sound?


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