New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh sustained an upper-body injury in the first period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Monday and did not return.
McDonagh, who entered Monday as the Rangers' leader in ice time per game (22:33), has 34 points (nine goals, 25 assists) in 72 games this season. The injury left the Rangers with five defensemen for the remainder of the game.
Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said after the game that McDonagh would be re-evaluated Tuesday. New York clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 4-2 win.
"We're in that phase here where we're upper-body, lower-body, so we're calling it an upper-body," Vigneault said.
The Rangers host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. Vigneault didn't rule out the possibility of promoting a player from Hartford of the American Hockey League if McDonagh is unable to play.
"I would say to you we're just in the process of discussing that and we'll have answer for you by [Tuesday] morning," Vigneault said. "But there is a good chance we might call someone up."