Mike Halford

New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) controls the puck in front of New Jersey Devils left wing Mike Cammalleri during the first period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
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After four-game absence, McDonagh (concussion) back for Rangers

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The Rangers are getting their captain back for tonight’s big game against Chicago.

Ryan McDonagh, who’s been out with a concussion since taking a punch from Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds, will return from a four-game absence on Wednesday evening at MSG.

The return is a big boon, obviously. Aside from being the team’s leader, McDonagh leads all Rangers skaters in TOI (22:45 per game) and sits second among d-men in scoring with 26 points.

Tonight is also a measuring stick game for the Blueshirts. New York has won five of its last six and would love to close out this current three-game homestand with a win over the defending Stanley Cup champs.

No hearing scheduled for Gudas after high hit on Farnham

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Radko Gudas doesn’t have a disciplinary hearing scheduled after getting tossed for a questionable hit during Tuesday’s Flyers-Devils game, an NHL spokesman has confirmed.

Gudas was chucked in the first period of Philly’s eventual 6-3 win for an illegal check to the head of Devils forward Bobby Farnham. Farnham remained in the game and finished with 8:39 TOI.

Gudas’ reputation as one of the NHL’s most notorious and dangerous hitters has increased with numerous incidents this year — five questionable hits all told, per the Philly Inquirer.

Earlier this month, Gudas laid out Buffalo rookie Daniel Catenacci late in the third period a 5-1 Flyers win. The hit ended Catenacci’s night and landed him on IR, but Gudas avoided supplemental discipline.

That wasn’t the case back in December, though, when Gudas was was suspended three games for a headshot on Mika Zibanejad.

It’s also worth pointing out that, also in February, Gudas was tossed from a game against Montreal for clipping, after delivering a low hit on Habs forward Lucas Lessio.

The Flyers don’t play again until Friday, when they’ll take on the Habs in Montreal.

Related: Flyers staff give Gudas a talking to as questionable hits pile up

Crowded at forward, Blues send Jaskin to minors

Ken Hitchcock, David Backes, Dmitrij Jaskin, Paul Stastny, Patrik Berglund
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Dmitrij Jaskin has been a regular presence for the Blues this year, appearing in 49 games while averaging just under 12 minutes per night.

But now, he’s off to the minors.

The Blues sent the 22-year-old Jaskin to AHL Chicago on Wednesday, after he sat as a healthy scratch for last night’s big win over Central Division-leading Dallas.

While the demotion is interesting, it couldn’t have come as a huge surprise.

The Blues are deep at forward right now, especially with Patrik Berglund and, most recently, Jaden Schwartz returning from long-term injuries.

In Tuesday’s victory, Jaskin was a healthy scratch along with Magnus Paajarvi — who, at one point this season, head coach Ken Hitchcock referred to as one of St. Louis’ best players.

Jaskin, who has three goals and 10 points this year, has been a healthy scratch on a few occasions recently, and hasn’t suited up since Feb. 6, when he played just over seven minutes in a win over Minnesota.

Again? Gudas tossed for another questionable hit (Video)

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Radko Gudas is no stranger to the NHL’s Department of Player Safety, and the two could be meeting again in the very near future.

Early in tonight’s Flyers-Devils game, Gudas was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for an illegal check to the head of New Jersey forward Bobby Farnham.

This, of course, is the latest in a series of transgressions from the Philly blueliner.

Earlier this month, Gudas laid out Buffalo rookie Daniel Catenacci late in the third period a 5-1 Flyers win. The hit ended Catenacci’s night and landed him on IR, but Gudas avoided supplemental discipline.

That wasn’t the case back in December, though, when Gudas was was suspended three games for a headshot on Mika Zibanejad.

It’s also worth pointing out that, also in February, Gudas was tossed from a game against Montreal for clipping, after delivering a low hit on Habs forward Lucas Lessio.

Flyers lose newly acquired Weal (upper body) for three weeks

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 25: Jordan Weal #19 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates against the Boston Bruins during the second period at Wells Fargo Center on January 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Jordan Weal‘s time in Philly’s been interrupted… before it ever got started, really.

Weal, acquired from L.A. in the Vinny LecavalierLuke Schenn deal, will miss the next three weeks with an upper-body injury, GM Ron Hextall announced on Tuesday.

The news comes after Weal played just his third game as a Flyer on Saturday, against New Jersey. Since being acquired on Jan. 6, Weal has been scratched for 14 of Philly’s 17 games.

A talented scorer at the AHL level — he was last year’s Calder Cup MVP, scoring 22 points in 19 games for Manchester — Weal hasn’t had a ton of success at the big league level yet. He’s scoreless in 13 career games, all of which have come this season.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens with Weal moving forward. He turns 24 in April and will be a restricted free agent come July, meaning his chances to show something with the Flyers will be few.