Rangers' McDonagh could be sidelined for start of play-offs


New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh is experiencing injury deja vu.

The Rangers captain will be sidelined with an upper-body injury for New York's three remaining regular-season games, leaving his status for the start of the post-season in question, the team announced on Tuesday.

McDonagh finished last year's Stanley Cup race by playing on a broken right foot and could miss the start of this season's play-offs after suffering a broken bone in his right hand in Monday's post-season clinching win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The untimely injury occurred in the first period when McDonagh was hit in the hand while blocking a Brandon Dubinsky shot.

He remained on the bench and skated for three additional shifts but did not play in the final two periods.

McDonagh's hand will be re-evaluated on Tuesday before the Rangers return to New York to host their final three regular-season contests, but a long-term absence could be troublesome for his team.

In the meantime, the Rangers have recalled top defensive prospect Brady Skjei with McDonagh's availability still uncertain.

McDonagh, 26, has nine goals and 25 assists for 34 points in 73 game this season.