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Rangers expect Lundqvist back by weekend

Henrik Lundqvist

Henrik Lundqvist


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault says goalie Henrik Lundqvist’s neck spasms have subsided and he’s on track to return by this weekend.

And forward Rick Nash shouldn’t be far behind.

Vigneault provided the updates before the Rangers game at Buffalo on Tuesday, and after Lundqvist and Nash practiced on their own in New York.

Lundqvist missed his third game since experiencing spasms against Pittsburgh on March 3. After facing Buffalo, the Rangers are off until playing at Detroit on Saturday.

Nash is now listed as day to day, but Vigneault wasn’t sure whether he’ll be ready to play this weekend. Nash has been out since sustaining a bone bruise at Carolina on Jan. 22.

Defenseman Dylan McIlrath will miss a few weeks after he hurt a kneecap Sunday.