Tuesday April 5th, 2016

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New York Rangers defenseman and captain Ryan McDonagh is out indefinitely with a small fracture in his right hand, reports Larry Brooks of the New York Post. 

The team announced Tuesday that McDonagh had sustained an “upper body injury.”

In addition to being out for the remainder of the regular season, McDonagh will miss the first few games of the playoffs, Brooks reports.

McDonagh appeared to injure his right hand while blocking a shot in a game against the Blue Jackets on Monday.

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In 75 games, McDonagh has nine goals and 25 assists for 34 points. He is eighth in the NHL with a +26 rating, and averages over 22 minutes of ice time per game.

New York defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 3–2 on Tuesday.

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