AV gives McDonagh 50/50 shot of returning before playoffs

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Quick update on Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (upper-body) and forward Chris Kreider (hand), from NHL.com’s Dan Rosen:

Neither player was made available to the media.

Of the two, McDonagh has been most key to the Rangers’ success this season. The 24-year-old has emerged as New York’s best blue-liner, with 43 points in 77 games while logging almost 25 minutes a night. By the sounds of it, he’ll be ready for the playoffs, if not sooner.

Kreider, technically still a rookie, has 17 goals in 66 games, and that’s nothing to sneeze at either. Unfortunately for the Rangers, he seems like a long shot to be ready for the first game of the first round, which is just over a week away.