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Bylsma hopes to get Ennis (concussion) back this season

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Tyler Ennis remains out of the Buffalo Sabres lineup with a concussion, and there appears to still be no real timetable for any possible return.

Ennis, 26, hasn’t played since Dec. 30, when he was initially listed as week to week with an upper-body injury after taking a massive hit from Alex Ovechkin.

This is a season for Ennis that has been largely disrupted by injury. He has only three goals and 11 points in 23 games.

Ennis, who has hit the 20-goal plateau on three occasions, comes with a cap hit of $4.6 million and is signed through the 2018-19 season, as per General Fanager.

Last month, it was reported by Pierre LeBrun of ESPN that the Sabres would listen to offers on Ennis, although question marks surrounding his status could hamper that.

After four-game absence, McDonagh (concussion) back for Rangers

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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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.

Kuznetsov passed concussion test, expected to play Saturday

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Feel free to breath a sigh of relief, Capitals fans — Evgeny Kuznetsov is okay.

“During the end of the third period, Evgeny underwent and passed all tests pertaining to the league’s concussion protocol evaluation,” the Caps said today in a statement. “We expect him to take the morning skate tomorrow and play against the Stars later that night.”

Kuznetsov left last night’s game versus the Wild in the third period after appearing to take the butt-end of Mikael Granlund’s stick to the face.

Kuznetsov leads the Caps with 54 points.

Report: Coyotes shut down Vitale (concussion) for the season

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Joe Vitale will not play again this season.

The Arizona Coyotes have shut Vitale down for the remainder of the 2015-16 campaign due to “concussion-related issues,” according to a report from Sarah McLellan of azcentral sports on Wednesday.

Vitale, a 30-year-old veteran center, appeared in only one game for the Coyotes this season. That was back on Oct. 17, when he suffered a concussion and broken orbital bone in a fight with Kevan Miller of the Boston Bruins.

McDonagh out with concussion after Saturday’s altercation with Simmonds

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The New York Rangers will be without Ryan McDonagh tonight at home to New Jersey, the club announcing this morning that the defenseman is out with a concussion.

McDonagh left Saturday’s game in Philadelphia following an altercation with the Flyers’ Wayne Simmonds that ended with McDonagh taking a punch to the face from Simmonds.

Simmonds received a match penalty and was thrown out of the game, but did not receive any supplemental discipline.

Given the standings, the Rangers can ill afford to lose McDonagh for long. They play in Pittsburgh Wednesday, followed by three home games against Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Chicago.

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