Blue Jackets’ Sonny Milano and Ryan McDonagh battle for a loose puck during the first period of Monday’s game.
Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh will miss at least the final three games of the regular season with a right hand injury that he sustained in Monday night’s 4-2 win in Columbus that clinched a Blueshirts playoff berth.
If McDonagh’s hand is broken, the injury obviously also could affect his availability for at least the start of the NHL postseason, which opens next Wednesday or Thursday depending on whom and where the Rangers play.
The team made the announcement — trying to conceal the nature of the ailment by calling it an “upper-body injury — on Twitter just after 5 p.m. Tuesday, hours prior to a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Garden.
They recalled rookie defenseman Brady Skjei on Tuesday morning to play on the left side in McDonagh’s place. Skjei has played in four games this season.