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Ryan McDonagh misses second straight game with an injury

Ryan McDonagh sets before a faceoff against the

Ryan McDonagh sets before a faceoff against the Detroit Red Wings in the second period of a game at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, March 9, 2014. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Ryan McDonagh missed his second straight game Saturday night with an injured left shoulder and it remains unclear whether he will play before the postseason begins.

McDonagh, felled by a high hit from Canucks forward Alex Burrows late in the third period Tuesday, did not practice and is considered "day-to-day," coach Alain Vigneault said Saturday.

The defenseman, who plays about 25 minutes per game, continues to receive treatment and has said he is optimistic that he can return before or at the start of the postseason, which is the week of April 13.

McDonagh, who doesn't have full range of motion in his shoulder, would have to emerge from a practice healthy before Vigneault makes any decision on his return to the lineup. The question: Is it worth risking further injury before the playoffs, or should McDonagh get as much time as possible to heal?

Staal OK after hit

Marc Staal wasn't in the locker room after the game. He was involved in a skirmish with 2:47 left that began after he took what appeared to be a late hit into the boards from Chris Neil.

A team spokesman said Staal, who has suffered concussions in the past, was OK, but that didn't stop his teammates from ripping the two-minute roughing minor given to Neil while Staal received four minutes.

"Brutal call," Henrik Lundqvist said. "I definitely think it's a late hit."

Mats Zuccarello, who was given a minor for roughing in the scrum, said of the hit: "Dirty and late."

Decision for Vigneault

Depending on whether the Rangers clinch a playoff spot or are locked into either the second or third seed in the Metropolitan Division, it is possible that Vigneault will use backup Cam Talbot (12-6, 1.67 GAA, .940 save percentage) to give Lundqvist a day off.

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