The New York Rangers won’t have their best defenseman for tonight’s home game against Pittsburgh.
Ryan McDonagh will sit out with an undisclosed ailment.
It’s “nothing serious,” according to head coach Alain Vigneault, but the Rangers might as well be cautious given they’re all but officially locked into the first wild-card spot in the East.
McDonagh logged 25:34 of ice time during Tuesday’s 5-4 loss in San Jose. He didn’t practice yesterday, with Vigneault calling it a “maintenance” day.
In other Rangers news, Jimmy Vesey is expected to be a healthy scratch against the Penguins after having “a real off night” in San Jose, per Vigneault.
Pavel Buchnevich is likely to replace Vesey.