Could be a pretty blue Monday at MSG.
During tonight’s game against Columbus, the Rangers announced that captain Ryan McDonagh had been knocked out of action with an apparent hand injury, and wouldn’t return.
The incident occurred during the first period, when McDonagh blocked a Brandon Dubinsky shot with just over five minutes remaining.
Needless to say, losing McDonagh’s services for any length of time would be a huge blow for the Blueshirts. The club came into tonight’s action with just four games left in the regular season, and just two points up on the Islanders for third place in the Metropolitan Division.
McDonagh, who entered Monday as the Rangers’ leader in ice time per game (22:33), has 34 points (nine goals, 25 assists) in 72 games this season.