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NHL sets hearing on Max Pacioretty hit on Ryan McDonagh

Ryan McDonagh body checks Brandon Prust #8 of

Ryan McDonagh body checks Brandon Prust #8 of the Montreal Canadiens during a game at the Bell Centre. (Feb. 23, 2013) Credit: Getty

As expected, the NHL has scheduled a disciplinary hearing at 4 p.m. on the Max Pacioretty boarding that knocked Ryan McDonagh out of last night's game with a possible concussion. In my opinion, the Canadiens forward will be punished with a 2 or 3 game suspension.

The Rangers are in the air, and I'm waiting for my flight to New York. So we'll know more later.

Bob McKenzie at TSN reported that x-rays on Dan Girardi were negative. Have not confirmed.

Rangers are not practicing today, will return to the rink tomorrow.

Another storyline: Rick Nash is eligible to come off IR, Whether he does or not, the Rangers might make a transaction, perhaps recalling a d-man from Harford, Dylan McIlrath or someone with NHL experience.

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