Here’s some good news for the New York Rangers.
The team confirmed that defenseman
Ryan McDonagh didn’t suffer a concussion in Thursday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
McDonagh was forced from the game after he took an elbow to the head from Leafs forward
Leo Komarov (above).
received a three-game suspension for his actions.
The elbow from Komarov still did some damage to McDonagh.
He’s dealing with a jaw contusion and neck spasms, according to the team’s Twitter account.
The Rangers defenseman didn’t practice on Saturday, and there’s still no word on when he’ll be able to return to the lineup.
This incident occurred less than two weeks after McDonagh suffered a concussion against the Philadelphia Flyers.
The concussion kept the 26-year-old out of the lineup for four games.
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.
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.
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.
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.