The New York Rangers and their fans received good news this afternoon that Ryan McDonagh is only day-to-day with an upper body injury, which he suffered against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, that initially looked season ending.
Now, while that is the good news of the day, tonight the Rangers will have to face an extremely tough Colorado Avalanche team in Colorado without their No. 1 defenseman in McDonagh. The Rangers might have the best road record in the NHL this season, but Colorado is 25-11-3 at home and 102 overall points on the year, making them one of the most dangerous teams in the league.
Tonight, the Rangers will have to try to contain Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog, center Paul Stastny, rookie Nathan MacKinnon, and forward Ryan O’Reilly, all without the brilliant defense and leadership from McDonagh. This will be such a tough task for the Rangers tonight, that unfortunately it looks as if this game has loss written all over it for the Rangers. However, sometimes when there is an injury to a key player, the rest of the team comes together and brings their A game, which the Rangers will need in order to have a chance at beating the Avalanche.
With the Philadelphia Flyers in action tonight as well, a Rangers’ loss and Flyers’ win would put the Flyers just one point behind the Rangers, so I am sure the Rangers will obviously try to prevent that by winning tonight. However, without McDonagh, I am no so sure they can.