Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh out 3-4 weeks with separated shoulder

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Rangers' Ryan McDonagh expected to miss 3-4 weeks with separated shoulder
Monday November 3rd, 2014

New York Rangers defenseman and captain Ryan McDonagh will be out for the next three to four weeks with a separated left shoulder, the team announced.

McDonagh was injured in the first period of New York’s 1-0 shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday when he was hit into the boards by Jets forward Evander Kane.

McDonaugh separated the same shoulder last April and missed the last five regular-season games when he was hit by Vancouver forward Alex Burrows. McDonaugh has no goals and three assists in 10 games this season for New York (5-4-1).

Defenseman Kevin Klein was also injured in the game against Winnepeg, suffering a foot contusion. He will not play in Monday's game against the St. Louis Blues and will be re-evaluated later this week.

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The team recalled defensemen Conor Allen and Dylan McIlrath from AHL affiliate Hartford to take McDonagh’s and Klein’s roster spots.

"A couple of younger players are getting the opportunity at playing a bigger role," Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault said. "You expect a full team effort moving forward — and that's what I thought we got last night. We're going to need a team effort tomorrow defensively."

The Rangers will be without their top four defenseman for the time being. Defenseman Dan Boyle has been out since Oct. 9 with a broken hand and just resumed skating on Sunday and defenseman John Moore is serving a five-game suspension for his hit to the head of Minnesota Wild center Erik Haula.

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