11:28AM: McDonagh is still being listed as day to day but Alain Vigneault said that he is "real close" to being 100%. (NYR)
10:36AM: McDonagh is not skating with the Rangers this morning at the morning skate. (NYR)
7:48AM: Larry Brooks writes that there is "absolutely no reason" for the Rangers to play Ryan McDonagh until he is fully healthy. (NY Post)
McDonagh is believed to be dealing with a minor issue that he may have sustained against the Panthers on 3/17 because in the next game Marc Staal played the right side in his pairing with McDonagh. (NY Post)
Brooks writes that if McDonagh is not at his best the Rangers have "essentially no chance to survive the first round." (NY Post)
McDonagh didn't skate on Thursday but Alain Vigneault said that he thought he would play on Friday against Pittsburgh.
On Friday Vigneault said that it was nothing serious but that after discussions with the medical staff it was decided it was best for him to sit out.
McDonagh's status for tonight is not yet known.
Adam Rotter: There are a couple of different ways to look at how the Rangers should handle McDonagh. Is it better for him to rest up and be as close to 100%, but possibly rusty, for Game 1 next week or is it better for him to get back into the lineup and work with the group as they try and sort out their issues.
I'd probably sit McDonagh until next Sunday against Ottawa, the last game of the year, so he can shake some of the rust off before the playoffs begin either Wednesday or Thursday in Montreal.